07/27/2013: USS Blue Ridge
Credit: USS Blue Ridge:5/24/13
- In the first photo, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Jason Ellis, assigned to the Golden Hawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-12), transports an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).
- In the second photo, Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Michael Caruso, left, and Seaman Austin Harris, right, prepare to secure an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to the flight deck aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared Harral/Released)
- In the third photo, Engineman 2nd Class Kenneth Caldwell conducts a clear and bright test on the flight deck aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared Harral/Released)
A clear and bright test applies to a fuel test sample taken in a colorless glass jar, it means that the fuel is completely free of visible solid contamination and water (including any resting on the bottom or sides of the container). The sample must also possess an inherent brilliance and sparkle in the presence of light. (Cloudy or hazy fuel is caused, usually, by free and dispersed water but it can also occur because of finely divided dirt particles.)
For a look at the USS Mount Whitney, this sister ship, of the USS Blue ridge, see the following:
These ships provide unique C5ISR capability to the fleet and to the combatant commanders as a whole. They are key coalition assets as well in operations.