The Blue Ridge’s Role
RADM Samuel J. Cox, USN (Ret.), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command
I enjoy every issue of Naval History, and February 2021 is no exception, especially the articles on the 50th anniversary of the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) (“Naval History News,” p. 8) and on Desert Storm (“Weathering the Storm,” pp. 12–19). What may have been the Blue Ridge’s finest hour was deploying from Japan on four days’ notice in August 1990 for what turned into a 284-day deployment to the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, serving as the flagship for the largest U.S. and coalition warship force assembled since World War II.