NAVAL STATION EVERETT, Wash. – The officers and crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) welcomed a Congressional delegation (CODEL) led by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) for a ship tour, April 18.
Cmdr. Bryant Trost, Shoup’s commanding officer, led the tour which consisted of a combat systems equipment room, combat information center, and the multi-function tow array handling room to illustrate the anti-air and anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the ship.
The tour also gave Byrne the opportunity to greet Sailors and learn about their jobs on the ship.
“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am constantly working to learn more about our Navy's capabilities and needs,” said Byrne. “I found the tour of the USS Shoup to be highly informative, and it bolstered my understanding of the important role destroyers play in the overall fleet.”
While on the ship’s mess decks, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Quantez Calhoun, an Alabama native, met the congressman.
“It’s always nice to meet a fellow Alabaman, even all the way up here in the Pacific Northwest,” said Calhoun.
Following the visit, Byrne complimented the Shoup crew on their dedication and perseverance to duty.
“I applaud them for their service and sacrifice to our country, and I appreciate their hospitality during my recent visit," said Byrne.
Byrne said he is always impressed by the high quality of individuals serving in the Navy today and the Shoup was no different.
“The purpose of the CODEL is to enable Rep. Byrne and staff members of the House Armed Services Committee to gain a greater understanding of Navy programs, equipment, and facilities located within the Pacific Northwest region,” said Lt. Alexander Smith, the Navy’s U.S. House of Representatives Liaison, as he toured alongside the congressman. “It exposes key members to important navy issues and facilities including Naval Base Everett, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Strategic Weapons Facility, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, and the Boeing P-8A Poseidon facility.”
Shoup is currently entering the basic phase of its training cycle, where all mission critical warfare areas are strenuously trained and tested for future operations and an upcoming deployment.