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Blue Ridge Class Amphibious Command Ship

The Blue Ridge and the Mount Whitney are the most capable command ships ever built, with an extremely sophisticated command and control system. The Joint Maritime Command Information System (JMCIS) consists of numerous powerful computers distributed throughout the ship from which information and data from worldwide sources are entered into a central database. This single integrated database concentrates the available information into a complete tactical picture of air, surface and subsurface contacts, enabling the Fleet Commander to quickly assess and concentrate on any situation which might arise.
Blue Ridge Class Amphibious Command Ship Copyright © Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman, U.S. Navy

Status

In active service

Contractors

Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard LCC 19
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. LCC 20

Complement

34 Officers
564 Enlisted Personnel

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 193.24 meters 634 feet
Beam: 32.92 meters 108 feet
Draft: 8.15 meters (at full load) 26.75 feet (at full load)
Weight
Displacement: 19 176.89 metric tons (at full load) 18 874 long tons (at full load)
Features
Propulsion: two boilers, one geared turbine, one shaft
Performance: 22 000 shaft horsepower
Speed: 23 knots (42.6 kilometers per hour) (26.47 miles per hour)

Ship list

Hull number Ship name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
LCC 19 USS Blue Ridge 1970-11-14 - In active service
LCC 20 USS Mount Whitney 1971-01-16 - In active service