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Shoup (DDG-86)


David Monroe Shoup (30 December 1904-13 January 1983). For additional information see General David Monroe Shoup, USMC. This is the first U.S. Navy ship named in his honor.

(DDG-86: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, 2 Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for BGM-109 Tomahawks, RIM-156 SM-2MR Standards, and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 2 Mk 15 Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS), 4 .50 caliber machine guns, and 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, aircraft 2 Sikorsky SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) Mk III Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)

Shoup (DDG-86) was laid down on 13 December 1999 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Industries; launched on 22 November 2000; cosponsored by Zola D. Shoup, widow of the late Gen. Shoup, and Claudia Natter, wife of Adm. Robert J. Natter, Commander Atlantic Fleet and Fleet Forces Command; and commissioned on 22 June 2002 at Seattle, Wash., Cmdr. Evon B. Carter in command.

Shoup (DDG-86) 2002-Seal


Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The combined anchor and trident, symbols of sea prowess, exemplify and are symbolic of hope and steadfastness to the U.S. Navy’s history and its evolvement into modern naval warfare, indicative of Shoup’s Aegis and Vertical Launch Systems. Each tine on the trident depicts separate warfare areas: air, surface, and sub-surface in addition to the shaft, signifying the emerging land attack capability in shaping the deep battle. The red chevron rompu symbolizes valor and sacrifice, and suggests the marines that Col. Shoup gallantly led across the reefs of Betio in the fierce fighting at Tarawa during Operation Galvanic: the occupation of the Gilbert Islands in November 1943; artillery shells denote the withering barrage of enemy fire. The red lion embodies courage and strength, and symbolizes the British Distinguished Service Order Awarded to Shoup for his service during that battle. The gold reversed star recalls the Medal of Honor awarded to Shoup for his daring actions while in command of the 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division at the bitterly contested island.


The laurel represents achievement and honor. The Marine Corps emblem highlights leadership and guidance, reflecting Shoup’s service during World War II and throughout his career, culminating as Commandant of the Marine Corps.


The crossed Marine Mameluke and Navy sword and symbolize teamwork and military readiness.

Aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) surge deployed as part of the Fleet Response Plan to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean on 16 October 2004. The ship operated specifically within the program to 6 November. The Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawks of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 47 sailed in detachments on board the accompanying ships. Guided missile cruiser Shiloh (CG-67), guided missile destroyers Benfold (DDG-65) and Shoup, attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724), and fast combat support ship Rainier (AOE-7) sailed with the carrier at times.

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering a tsunami across the Indian Ocean littoral, on 26 December 2004. The waves reached heights of 30 feet in shallow waters and a width sometimes extending to six-miles, and the disaster killed more than 230,000 people. Combined Support Force 536 coordinated Operation Unified Assistance: multinational relief efforts. United States naval forces often reached disaster zones before international aid agencies, and aircraft delivered supplies and emergency responders to otherwise inaccessible inland areas.

Abraham Lincoln, Shiloh, Benfold, Shoup, and Rainier supported some of the United States ships that rendered assistance during the first days of the tragedy. Four SH-60B Seahawks of HSL-47 and some SH-60Fs and HH-60Hs of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 2, embarked on board Abraham Lincoln, began to ferry supplies from collection points in Sumatra to victims during the early morning hours of 1 January 2005. The helicopter-intensive nature of the support missions required the Seahawks to log over 1,000 hours, more than three times the expected wear-and-tear on the helos during their standard deployments.

Vessels that supported these operations included amphibious assault ships Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) and Essex (LHD-2), that relieved Bonhomme Richard on 18 January 2005, dock landing ships Fort McHenry (LSD-43) and Rushmore (LSD-47), amphibious transport dock Duluth (LPD-6), guided missile cruiser Bunker Hill (CG-52), guided missile destroyer Milius (DDG-69), guided missile frigate Thach (FFG-43) and Coast Guard high endurance cutter Munro (WHEC-724). Additional vessels of the Military Sealift Command that supported Unified Assistance including, at times, hospital ship Mercy (T-AH-19), combat store ships Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3) and San Jose (T-AFS-7), and fleet replenishment oilers John Ericsson (T-AO-194), Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) and Yukon (T-AO-202). Maritime prepositioning ships of the command that took part in these humanitarian relief operations comprised container and roll-on/roll-off ships PFC James Anderson Jr. (T-AK-3002), Cpl Louis J. Hauge Jr. (T-AK-3000), 1st Lt Alex Bonnyman (T-AK-3002), 1st Lt Harry L. Martin (T-AK-3015), 1st Lt Jack Lummus (T-AK-3011), and Maj Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007). Oceanographic survey ships John McDonnell (T-AGS-51) and Mary Sears (T-AGS-65) conducted surveys of the ocean bottom off the Indonesian coast, near the epicenter of the earthquake, to collect data to assist in predicting natural disasters.

Abraham Lincoln came about from Indonesian waters on 3 February 2005, and 11 days later Combined Support Force 536 ceased relief operations. President George W. Bush and former President William J. Clinton visited Fort McHenry to thank servicemembers for their participation in Unified Assistance on 20 February. Despite earthquake aftershocks and logistic problems, U.S. aircraft flew 1,747 missions and transported 3,043 passengers during these operations. Sailors and marines in these aircraft and on board the ships delivered 5.92 million pounds of supplies to people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

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Shoup sails through the South China Sea while deployed with Abraham Lincoln, 17 April 2006. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. Blake, U.S. Navy Photograph 060417-N-5384B-051, Navy NewsStand)

Dunia, a 15-meter dhow, experienced engine trouble and broke down while passing through the Gulf of Aden on 6 May 2008. Shoup patrolled the region as part of Combined Task Force 150 and diverted to the scene, reinforced by Military Sealift Command-manned oiler Kanawha (T-AO-196). The destroyer dispatched Sailors of her visit, board, search, and seizure team to the stricken dhow, who provided food and water to the castaways, and medical assistance to a couple of the mariners who required minor medical attention. The boarders meanwhile rigged a tow to Shoup, which brought Dunia into Al Mukalla, Yemen, where a Yemeni tug assisted the dhow. “They were happy to see us,” Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class John Parkowski, one of Shoup’s boat crewmen recalled. “It was an eye-opening experience, seeing what they had to go through, with no food.”

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Shoup tows the distressed dhow to safety, 6 May 2008. (Unattributed U.S. Navy Photograph 080506-O-9999X-002, Navy NewsStand)
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The ship again patrols the western Pacific with Abraham Lincoln, 19 September 2010. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jerine Lee, U.S. Navy Photograph 100919-N-4997L-092, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

28 May 2015

Published: Thu Oct 08 08:52:39 EDT 2015