USS Shoup Commissioned

USS Shoup (DDG 86), the newest in a series of advanced Aegis guided missile destroyers built for the U.S. Navy by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector, was commissioned June 22, 2002, in Seattle, Wash. This ship is named in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Gen. David M. Shoup (1904- 1983), a World War II naval hero, a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the initial landings on Betio, Tarawa Atoll, in the Pacific in 1943, and who later became the 22nd commandant of the Marine Corps. Claudia Natter, wife of Adm. Robert J. Natter, USN commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and Zola Shoup, of Arlington, Va., the widow of Gen. Shoup, were the Ship's Sponsors. Matron of Honor, Lt. Col. Catherine Chase, USMCR, of Fairport, N.Y., represented her grandmother at the ceremony.

Gen. James L. Jones Jr., USMC, commandant of the Marine Corps, delivered the principal commissioning address. Following commissioning, DDG 86 will be homeported in Everett, Wash., as an element of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Cmdr. E. Bernard Carter, a native of Hopkins, S.C., will command the 509.5- ft (155.2-m)., 9,300-ton destroyer. USS Shoup (DDG 86) is the 36th ship of the DDG 51 Aegis destroyer program and the 16th to be built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. The ship is the fourth of the revised Flight IIA ships built by Northrop Grumman, with hangars for two SH-60B/F helicopters and an enlarged flight deck.

Following DDG 86, Northrop Grumman has contracts to produce nine additional Aegis destroyers, with six of those ships in various stages of production, including Pinckney (DDG 91), which will be christened in a public ceremony in the shipyard Saturday, June 29. USS Shoup was delivered to the Navy by Northrop Grumman Feb. 18, 2002, and departed Pascagoula April 22.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 23,  Jul 2002 New York

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