NOUMEA, New Caledonia (July 4, 2011) – Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, inspects service members of the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC), Marines and Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) at the American Monument in Noumea, New Caledonia for a wreath laying ceremony in commemoration of the Fourth of July and in memory of the American presence in New Caledonia during World War II. Blue Ridge and embarked staff are underway on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix) Photo credit: COMSEVENTHFLT CC BY-SA 2.0

New Caledonia, World War II, US Army, US Navy

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