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United States Naval Vessel To Visit Port Of Suva

The eighth Oscar Austin-class Guided Missile Destroyer USS  Shoup  is arriving into Suva today for a few days visit. While the United States Regional Media Affairs Specialist Shivanjani Naidu had
03 Oct 2018 10:00
United States Naval Vessel  To Visit Port  Of Suva
United States naval vessel USS Shoup.

The eighth Oscar Austin-class Guided Missile Destroyer USS  Shoup  is arriving into Suva today for a few days visit.

While the United States Regional Media Affairs Specialist Shivanjani Naidu had refused to disclose the vessel’s name, Fiji Navy Fleet operations Officer, CMDR Timoci Natuva confirmed the name yesterday.

The embassy has invited media to a tour on board the navy vessel this morning.

Ms Naidu confirmed that a US navy vessel would be in port the next few days while its crew members would be carrying out community work within the vicinity of the capital city.

“We are expecting the USS Shoup tomorrow (today),” CMDR Natuva said.

Ms Naidu while refusing to release details said all other information regarding the navy vessel will be released today when the media and invited stakeholders visit the vessel.

USS Shoup (DDG-86) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy.

The ship is named after Medal of Honour recipient General David M. Shoup, the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Construction, on the 36th destroyer of her class, began at the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ Ingalls Operations on 10 November 1998.

USS  Shoup was the 16th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Her keel was laid on December 13, 1999 and she was launched on November 22, 2000.

USS  Shoup sailed into the Gulf of Mexico for the first of her sea trials on December 11, 2001. The vessel was delivered to the Navy by Northrop Grumman on February 18, 2002 and departed Pascagoula, Mississippi on April 22, 2002. USS Shoup was commissioned on June 22, 2002 at Port Terminal 37 in Seattle, Washington.

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