USS Shoup

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USS Shoup (DDG-86)
A grey ship on the ocean.
USS Shoup (DDG-86) during trials in the Gulf of Mexico in 2001
United States of America
Name: USS Shoup
Namesake: General David M. Shoup
Awarded: 13 December 1996
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid down: 13 December 1999
Launched: 22 November 2000
Commissioned: 22 June 2002
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego, California
Motto: Victoria Per Perseverantiam Venit ("Through Perseverance Comes Victory")
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Shoup DDG-86 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75,000 kW)
Speed: exceeds 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 310 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Shoup (DDG-86) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. The ship is named for Medal of Honor 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. Shoup was the 16th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Her keel was laid on 13 December 1999 and she was launched on 22 November 2000. Shoup sailed into the Gulf of Mexico for the first of her sea trials on 11 December 2001. The vessel was delivered to the Navy by Northrop Grumman on 18 February 2002 and departed Pascagoula, Mississippi on 22 April 2002. Shoup was commissioned on 22 June 2002 at Port Terminal 37 in Seattle, Washington.


Shoup in the South China Sea, April 2006
Shoup in Portland, Oregon for the Rose Festival Fleet Week, June 2009


In July 2002, she successfully conducted the US Navy's operational evaluation of the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile with two test firings.[1]

In January 2005, she participated in Operation Unified Assistance.

On 9 May 2008, while operating with Combined Task Force 150, Shoup assisted a disabled dhow named Dunia by towing the vessel from the Gulf of Aden to Mukalla, Yemen.[2]


On 1 August 2010 the ship collided with a civilian vessel off Oceanside, California. The hull of the 21-foot (6.4 m) civilian boat was cracked, but no injuries were reported. Shoup was not damaged.[3]

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.

During her 2013 deployment to the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, Shoup participated in numerous multinational exercises while providing theater security and support of ongoing maritime stability in the region.[4] Shoup returned to homeport on 18 November 2013 following several extensions during what was the longest deployment for a US Navy destroyer since World War II at 313 days.[5]

In 2017 Shoup deployed to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea as a member of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. Making port visits to India, Bahrain and Oman. Also, she participated in Tri carrier operations in the Sea of Japan in support of a visit by the U.S. President the region.[citation needed]

On 25 July 2018, Shoup participated in Valiant Shield 2018 and Oceanic Maritime Security Operations in the South Pacific. Making port visits to Guam, Fiji and American Samoa.[citation needed]

Coat of arms[edit]


The shield has background of blue with a red chevron center. Featured in the chevron are artillery shells and a reversed gold start with a lion center. A large combined anchor with a trident center cover the shield.

The traditional Navy colors were chosen for the shield because dark blue and gold represents the sea and excellence respectively. The combined trident and anchor, symbols of sea prowess, represent our naval history and the evolvement of modern warfare systems. The tridents three tines denote the warfare areas: air, surface, and undersea warfare. The red chevron with artillery shells represents valor and sacrifice, suggesting the troops led by Colonel Shoup crossing the reefs of Betio and bombardment of enemy fire. The red lion exemplifies courage and strength symbolizing Colonel Shoup’s British Distinguished Service Order award for the battle at Betio. The reversed gold star refers to Colonel Shoup’s Medal of Honor awarded for his heroism as commander of the Second Marine Division at Betio and the disputed island of Tarawa Atoll.


The crest consists of the Marine Corps emblem surrounded by laurels.

The Marine Corps emblem reflects Commandant Shoup’s World War II war service and career as Commandant of the Marine Corps highlighting leadership and guidance. The surrounding laurels characterize achievement and honor.


The motto is written on a scroll of gold that has a red reverse side.

The ships motto is "Victoria per Perseverantiam Venit" or "Through Perseverance Comes Victory". The motto is a reference to both the honorable feats of Colonel Shoup and the Medal of Honor he received.


The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, upon a white background enclosed within a dark blue oval border edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Shoup" at the top and "DDG 86" in the base all gold.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

  1. ^ "ESSM completes OPEVAL with 'flying colors'", Seapower, May 2003. Archived 7 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Erickson, Elisabeth; Gutierrez, Chris (8 May 2008). "USS Shoup Tows Disabled Dhow to Safety". United States Navy. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ Perry, Tony (3 August 2010). "Navy Ship And Boat Collide". Los Angeles Times. pp. AA5.
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  5. ^ Fiege, Gale (18 November 2013). "USS Shoup returns after long deployment". The Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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