USS Blue Ridge drops anchor off city
The USS Blue Ridge , one of the most technologically advanced ships in the world with state-of-the-art commercial and military satellite capability to meet challenges of control and coordination, has anchored in Mumbai on a short visit to enhance communication and cultural ties with its Indian counterparts.
Blue Ridge is also the permanent flagship of the Commander, Seventh Fleet, the largest of the US Navy’s forward-deployed fleets. The warship, which became part of the US Navy in 1970, was made the fleet’s flagship in 1979. The ship is known for its experience in control and coordination and works as the central point for all communication within the Seventh Fleet.
Being one of the largest, the Seventh Fleet has at any given time roughly 50-70 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft and approximately 20,000 sailors. It’s area of operation spans more than 124 million sq km, stretching from the International Date Line to the India-Pakistan maritime border and from Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south.
“ Blue Ridge visits numerous ports during its patrol within the Seventh Fleet’s area of operations. In the past, the ship had visited India 11 years ago. We are here to introduce our sailors a different culture and give them a unique experience,” said Ja’lon A Rhinehart, Public Affairs Officer on the Blue Ridge . The sailors will also be playing a football match, organised by an NGO, in Worli. Prior to Mumbai, the ship had visited Sri Lanka and Singapore.
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