USS BLUE RIDGE is the lead ship of the BLUE RIDGE class and the Seventh Fleet command ship. USS BLUE RIDGE is the third ship in the Navy named after the Blue Ridge Mountains in the eastern United States.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 31, 1964|
|Keel laid: February 27, 1967|
|Launched: January 4, 1969|
|Commissioned: November 14, 1970|
|Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, NJ.|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, one geared turbine|
|Length: 636,5 feet (194 meters)|
|Beam: 108 feet (32.9 meters)|
|Draft: 26,9 feet (8.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 18,400 tons full load|
|Speed: 23 knots|
|Aircraft: all helicopters|
|Armament: two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, 50 cal machine guns, 25mm guns|
|Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan|
|Crew: 52 Officers, 790 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BLUE RIDGE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
The Mission of USS BLUE RIDGE:
Unlike its World War II predecessor of the same name, which had to be converted from a merchantman to an Amphibious Force flagship, the United States Ship BLUE RIDGE represents a unique effort and achievement in the Navy's Command and Control ship design.
Here for the first time is a platform built from the keel up to accomplish the mission of Command and Control coordination. In this 18,500 ton ship are found the facilities to direct and manage every phase of command and control operations. BLUE RIDGE represents the accumulated knowledge of four decades of the Navy's experience in meeting difficult challenges of Control and Coordination.
BLUE RIDGE utilizes its "main battery" of computers, communications equipment and other electronic facilities to fulfill her mission as flagship for the United States Seventh Fleet. These systems are also instrumental in its secondary function as a command ship for the Amphibious Task Force and Landing Force Commanders during all phases of fleetwide operations, as well as a Commander Joint Task Force (CJTF) flagship when national interests require it.
The BLUE RIDGE is equipped with an extremely sophisticated Command and Control system. The Joint Maritime Command Information System(JMCIS) consists of numerous powerful computers distributed throughout the ship from which information and data from worldwide sources are entered into a central database. This single integrated database concentrates the available information into a complete tactical picture of air, surface and subsurface contacts, enabling the Fleet Commander to quickly assess and concentrate on any situation which might arise. This ability to access information from military and civilian sources throughout the world gives BLUE RIDGE a global command and control capability unparalleled in Naval history.
In addition to its sophisticated command and control system, an extremely refined communications system is also an integral part of the ship's radical new design. Through an automated patch panel and computer-controlled switching matrix, any combination of communications equipment desired may be quickly connected. The "clean" topside area is the result of careful design intended to keep the ship's interference to her own communications system at a minimum.
Notes of Interest:
USS BLUE RIDGE Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by William Chiu when USS BLUE RIDGE visited Hong Kong in April 1989.
The photos below were taken by Shiu On Yee and show the USS BLUE RIDGE during a port visit to Hong Kong on July 10-14, 2012.
The photos below were taken by Shiu On Yee and show the USS BLUE RIDGE during a port visit to Hong Kong on April 29 - May 2, 2016.