USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) command leadership pose for a photo with Commander, Shunichiro Kachi, commanding officer of the JS Uraga.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 22, 2015) Commanding Officer U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), Capt. Kyle Higgins, center right, Executive Officer Cmdr. Jason Eckhardt, center left, and Command Master Chief Mark Tomlinson, pose for a photo in front of the ship's brow as part of a gift exchange with Commander, Shunichiro Kachi, commanding officer of the JS Uraga. Uraga is Blue Ridge's sister ship from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Blue Ridge is currently moored at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability maintenance period, which will allow the ship to undertake future patrols, ensuring the safety and security of Pacific sea lanes.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mike Story/ RELEASED) File# 151222-N-LG619-026