USS Shoup returns to Everett after overhaul work

EVERETT — The USS Shoup arrived home in Everett at dusk Thursday following a seven-month dry-dock overhaul at a Seattle shipyard.

The Shoup got a new coat of paint and new electronics, among other updates, a Navy spokesman said.

Upgrades on destroyers are common at the 10-year mark, said skipper Cmdr. Ray Acevedo.

The 505-foot ship is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer that operates primarily as part of an aircraft carrier strike group. About 300 people serve on the Shoup, which was commissioned at Port Terminal 37 in Seattle in 2002 and is based at Naval Station Everett, where many of its crew live.

In November 2010, the crew of the USS Shoup helped a Turkish merchant ship fend off Somali pirates.

Fearing a tangle with the U.S. Navy, the pirates had already fled when a helicopter from the Shoup dropped a team onboard the merchant ship and found its crew unharmed in the locked engine room. The Shoup crew then assisted the merchant ship in getting on its way.

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