The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship LCC 19 USS Blue Ridge recently completed the joint exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014 (UFG 14), with the Republic of Korea (ROK) navy during a 17-day port visit. “UFG 14 was the first use of a combined ROK-U.S. Naval Component Commander staff,” said Capt. Chris Budde, UFG 14 Combined Maritime Operations Center (CMOC) director. “The CMOC concept exceeded all expectations by significantly improving the effectiveness of the navy component in the ...


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