Operations Specialist 3rd Class Michael Sumlar (left) and Seaman Juan Roitman sit on chocks while watching an SH-60F Seahawk helicopter land during flight operations aboard 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge departed its forward-deployed home of Yokosuka, Japan on Mar 2. for a spring deployment to further positive relations with regional partners, including port visits to the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Malays, Indonesia and Thailand. Blue Ridge is commanded by Capt. Rudy Lupton and serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7/Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force. Blue Ridge is the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.