EVERETT, Wash. – The officers and crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) celebrated the reopening of the ship’s galley Dec. 16 following 20 weeks of repair, maintenance and upgrades as part of the ship’s Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period.
Ground-breaking additions to the galley and mess decks were made including a nutritional program and a new theme for the mess decks.
According to the ship’s leadership, it took hard work and long hours from the ship’s force to reopen the galley.
“S-2, E-Division and A-gang worked many off duty hours grooming the reefers and freezers and ensuring all equipment was properly tagged out to be worked on,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey West.
Along with several repairs to major galley equipment, the decking was redone in the galley and mess decks and a new griddle was installed.
In addition, a nutritional program called “Go-for-Green” has been implemented to keep the crew informed of the nutritional value of the food they eat. Foods are color-coded green, yellow, and red to help Sailors choose the foods that fuel their body and brain best.
This system addresses both quality and quantity of food using key calorie and fat parameters for each food group. For service members to perform optimally, both quality and appropriate quantity need to be addressed.
Lastly, in honor of Gen. David M. Shoup, the ship’s namesake, the mess decks will have a Medal of Honor recipient theme. Every seat will have a plaque with a photo and name of a Medal of Honor recipient to commemorate past heroes of the military along with a corresponding binder on the mess decks to provide further information.
According to Lt. Stephanie Titus, Shoup’s supply officer, the 20 weeks of the SRA were long but successful due to all the support from contractors and the ship’s force.
“It took a lot of coordination, but we couldn’t have done it without all of us working together,” said Titus.