U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) arrived in Hong Kong for its first visit to the port in more than three years, April 20.
The crew will have opportunities to experience Hong Kong through community relations projects and guided tours. The 7th Fleet band will play several public concerts.
“Hong Kong is always an incredible port visit and I’m thrilled Seventh Fleet and Blue Ridge Sailors can enjoy this world-class city,” said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet. “Seventh Fleet ships have visited Hong Kong for decades and we look forward to continuing that tradition.”
Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. Each year, several U.S. ships visit Hong Kong, with the most recent earlier this week by U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, USCGC Bertholf.
“We are excited to have the chance to visit an incredible city like Hong Kong,” said Blue Ridge Commanding Officer Capt. Eric Anduze. “For many of my Sailors, this port visit will be a highlight of their time on Blue Ridge.”
As 7th Fleet’s flagship, Blue Ridge, provides a mobile command and control capability throughout the Indo-Pacific. Blue Ridge serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Task Force 76, the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force.