USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), under the command of Admiral James Meger, sailed into Bali on Friday, March 1, 2002, for a brief rest and recreation visit for its complement of 200 officers and 1200 enlisted men and women.
Commissioned on November 14, 1970, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as the most sophisticated command and control platform in the Navy, the ship provides all the services of a small town. Since October 1979, Blue Ridge has been forward deployed from Yokosuka, Japan as the flagship of Commander Seventh Fleet.
USS Blue Ridge frequently makes port calls throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia.
The U.S. Navies personnel were the much welcomed and very safe guests of the people of Bali during their shore leave which included visits to local bars, restaurants, night spots and shopping venues.
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