The Blue Ridge is the command ship of the US Seventh Fleet and they provide support including IT and communications. I interpret this as spying, but I could be wrong. Spying, or surveillance, probably is rather important if you have a huge military force. I read that it also specialises in Logistics, which is more like moving people and things to the right place at the right time.
There have been three US naval ships with this name. This ship was launched in 1969 so is getting on in years. Nevertheless Blue Ridge is expected to remain at work until 2039. It's big and was moving quite fast this morning. The length is just under 200 metres and the beam (width) is 33 metres.
The Blue Ridge has just come from east Timor where it was involved in a training exercise with East Timorese and Indonesian sailors.
There are quite a few websites mentioning this ship and I found the following tidbits.
- BLUE RIDGE carries enough food to feed the crew for 90 days and can transport supplies to support an emergency evacuation of 3,000 people.
- BLUE RIDGE has accommodations for more than 250 officers, 1,200 enlisted men and 100 enlisted females.