USS SHOUP's COAT of ARMS
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 our past naval history and its evolvement into a more modern warfare platform indicative of DDG 86’s Aegis and Vertical Launch Systems. Each tine of 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 lion embodies courage and strength, and symbolizes the British Distinguished Service Order awarded to Colonel Shoup for service during the battle at Betio. The gold reversed star recalls the Medal of Honor awarded to Colonel Shoup for his daring actions while commander of the Second Marine, 2nd Marine Division at Betio and a bitterly contested island of Tarawa Atoll.
From a wreath Argent and Azure (Dark blue), a wreath of laurel surmounted by a stylized Marine Corp emblem Argent. The laurel represents achievement and honor. The Marine Corp emblem highlights leadership and guidance reflecting the Commandant of the Marine Corps
A Marine Mameluke and a United States Naval Officer’s sword saltirewise, point down proper. The crossed Marine Mameluke and Navy swords symbolize teamwork and military readiness.
A scroll inscribed: “VICTORIA PER PERSEVERANTIAM VENIT”. The English translation is "Through Perseverance Comes Victory".
BASIC SHOUP INFORMATION
USS SHOUP (DDG 86) is the 36th ship in the Arleigh Burke class of Aegis guided missile destroyers, and the eighth Flight IIA Aegis destroyer. She is the sixteenth Aegis destroyer constructed by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Ingalls Operations. Her keel was laid on 13 December 1999 in Pascagoula, MS. She was launched on 22 November 2000, and delivered to the Navy on 19 February 2002. She was commissioned at Port Terminal 37 in Seattle, WA on 22 June 2002.
SHOUP was built to conduct simultaneous warfare operations in multi-threat environments to include air, surface, and subsurface targets.
More information about US NAVY guided missile destroyers is available in the Navy Fact File.