Capt Tim WaitsCongratulations on your orders to USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19), Command Ship for Commander, SEVENTH Fleet. We are forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan; a large naval facility, located 45 miles southwest of Tokyo. Our mission is to provide support to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet, while conducting sustained operations at sea. You will find duty on BLUE RIDGE professionally challenging and personally rewarding.
 
To support our unique mission, we participate in several major fleet, joint service and multi-national exercises each year. We make numerous port visits to countries in the Western Pacific; with visits to Singapore, Thailand and Australia being the most frequent.
 
I am pleased to have you assigned to the "Finest in the Fleet!". Again, Welcome Aboard!
 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Tim Waits
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer
 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.

2. How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.

3. What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to surfaceombudsman@gmail.com

4. What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military. http://www.ia.navy.mil/

5. What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency. https://www.navyfamily.navy.mil

6. How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.

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USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19)

Yokosuka, Japan

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