BREMERTON, Wash. – The guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) are scheduled to depart their homeport of Naval Station Everett, June 1, for a regularly scheduled deployment.
Along with USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the flagship of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Kidd and Shoup will make a brief stop at Naval Air Station North Island to meet up with the other ships and units of CSG 11 before embarking on deployment.
The Strike Group units have spent most of the past seven months underway preparing for deployment through series of pre-deployment inspections and training evolutions, including a Composite Training Unit Exercise that certified them ready for deployment.
“[Our] team has worked tirelessly over the past year to get ready for this deployment. From completing a dry-docking availability, a homeport shift from San Diego to Everett, and final deployment certification, the crew has met every challenge and is ready to sail as part of the Nimitz Strike Group team," said Cmdr. James Williams, commanding officer of Kidd.
Shoup and Kidd are assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9 along with the San Diego-based Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91). The San Diego-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) will also deploy as part of CSG 11.
Shoup and Kidd are part of U.S. Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy, working constantly with U.S. 7th Fleet. The forces of both fleets complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific.
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