– USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) hosted 50 boy scouts and 20 chaperones from Troop 711 on Saturday, 25 June.
The excited scouts were shown the engineering control station, combat information center, the pilot house, and the 5 inch gun and vertical launching system on the forecastle. At each station of the tour, a member of each ship’s crew provided the scouts a tutorial or a demonstration using their technical expertise.
The crew of USS Shoup then hosted lunch for the 70 visitors. Scouts were encouraged to sit and talk to the crew to gain a sense of what a day in the life destroyer sailor.
“It was a pleasure to have the scouts onboard! Worlds collided when they brought the joy of childhood to this serious, industrial, military environment; we loved it,” said Ltjg. Matthew Moore, one of the tour guides assigned to take the scouts from station to station. “I’m glad we were able to show America’s youth how we do what we do, and that we are here to protect them and the nation.”
USS Shoup and USS Rodney M. Davis are guided-missile surface warships based out of Everett, Wash. Their mission areas include anti-submarine, anti-surface, and anti-air warfare. USS Shoup and her crew of approximately 320 Sailors recently returned from a deployment to the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleet areas of operation. USS Rodney M. Davis and her crew of 140 Sailors recently returned from a deployment to the Fouth Fleet area of operation.