The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Shoup, arrives at the Vancouver Drydock Pier today. The USS Shoup returned recently from Interpid Sentinel, an exercise designed to increase interoperability between the three participating nations - US, UK and France - to reduce response time by establishing a coordinated international maritime coalition to counter the complex challenges presented in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.
Dwt: 9,200 tons
Beam: 20 m
Length: 155.30 m
Speed: exceeds 30 knots
Crew: 310 officers and enlisted
Aircraft: 2 x MH-60R Sea Hawks
During the exercise, the ships conducted operations that branched into multiple warfare areas. The multinational trio was involved in an air defense exercise, a combined anti-submarine exercise, as well as a visit, board, search and seizure event.
USS Shoup provided assistance to South Korean naval forces after their recapture of the chemical tanker, Samho Jewelry, on 21 January 2011 in the Arabian Sea. The tanker's captain had been shot by pirates holding the vessel and a helicopter from Shoup was used to evacuate him in order for him to receive medical treatment for his injuries.
The ship is named for Medal of Honor recipient General David M. Shoup, the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was selected as commandant by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and later served in the administration of John F. Kennedy. Shoup opposed the military escalation in response to events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs invasion, but his strongest opposition was to US involvement in South Vietnam.