Amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)

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Classification

Type:
type: Command ship

Basic information

Namesake:
Blue Ridge Mountains
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
Operator:
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:

Ship measurements

Displacement:
19609 t
Length:
193.2 m
Beam:
32.9 m
Draught:
8.8 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * boilers
  • 1 * geared turbine
  • 1 * shaft
  • 22,000 hp (16,000 kW)
Speed:
23 knots
Range:
13,000 nmi (24,000 km; 15,000 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h)

Crew

Complement:
842
Mission crew:
599
Capacity:
1441

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • Mark 36 SRBOC chaff rockets
Armament:
  • 2 * Phalanx CIWS guns
  • 2 * 25 mm Bushmaster cannons
  • 8 * .50 cal (12.7 mm) M2 Browning┬ámachine guns
Aircraft:
  • 2 * Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopters

USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) is the lead ship of the two Blue Ridge-class command ships of the United States Navy, and is the command ship of the United States Seventh Fleet. Her primary role is to provide command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) support to the commander and staff of the United States Seventh Fleet. She is currently forward-deployed to U.S. Navy Fleet Activities, Yokosuka in Japan, and is the third Navy ship named after the Blue Ridge Mountains, a range of mountains in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. Blue Ridge is the oldest deployable warship of the U.S. Navy, following the decommissioning of USS Denver. Blue Ridge, now the U.S. Navy's active commissioned ship having the longest total period as active, flies the First Navy Jack. Blue Ridge is expected to remain in service until 2039.

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