Sea Platforms

Blue Ridge proves out post-overhaul command capabilities as part of Asian tour

09 May 2019

US 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arriving in Singapore for a scheduled port visit on 8 May. Source: US Navy

Key Points

  • Blue Ridge is conducting a series of scheduled port visits around Asia with an upgraded tactical network suite
  • The system enables the flagship to better operate with networks of partner navies across the Indo-Pacific

The US 7th Fleet's flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is conducting a series of port visits across the Indo-Pacific region, giving the ship an opportunity to prove out improved capabilities that were received during a selected restricted availability period.

As part of upgrades that were received during the nearly two-year extended dry-dock period, Blue Ridge was installed with the US Navy's (USN's) Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) tactical network.

The CANES system, which has also been installed on Blue Ridge's sister ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) as part of its overhaul, provides a common computing environment for more than 40 naval command, control, intelligence, and logistics applications across the fleet.

The system also enables partner navies to integrate their own respective networked systems without compromising on the security of its host. As such, the system now enables liaison officers (LNOs) from these navies to operate on Blue Ridge in a more integrated manner and perform better as a more cohesive force during multinational operations, said Captain Eric J Anduze, commanding officer of Blue Ridge.

"The CANES network has enclaves and specific systems that allow these LNOs to reside on the ship, and we have spaces on the ship from which they can plug in their own systems during multinational operations," said Capt Anduze, during a visit to the ship on 10 May.

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