USS Shoup Holds Change of Command Ceremony


Story Number: NNS080421-01Release Date: 4/21/2008 7:30:00 AM
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By Lt. j.g. Elisabeth Erickson, USS Shoup Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- USS Shoup (DDG 86) held a change of command ceremony April 19 in Singapore.

Cmdr. Michael J. Lehman assumed commannd from Cmdr. Mark A Johnson.

Johnson assumed command of Shoup in July 2006. His next assignment will be as the J-3 Directorate (Operations) of U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii.

"It has been the greatest honor of my naval career to have served as commanding officer of this great ship and this great crew," said Johnson, in a final speech to Shoup's crew.

Lehman is a 1989 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physics. He was commissioned in the surface warfare (nuclear) community in 1989 after completing Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. His sea tours include USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Ingraham (FFG 61) and executive officer on USS Ford (FFG 54).

"I feel blessed and humbled to be here and I'm honored to become a member of the Shoup team," Lehman said. "I have heard nothing but good things about Shoup and its crew. I'm looking forward to serving with these fine people."

Shoup and the rest of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group are currently on a seven-month deployment to support maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Shoup entered a selective restricted availability (SRA) from January through March 2007, a period of structural overhaul as well as communications and weapon systems upgrades. Following SRA, Shoup participated in several exercises, from the Canadian bilateral exercise Trident Fury to strike group exercises conducted in preparation for deployment. In September 2007, Shoup represented the Navy at San Francisco Fleet Week, participated in the Parade of Ships and welcomed more than 2,000 visitors aboard.

In February 2008, Shoup successfully completed a major material readiness inspection by the Board of Inspection and Survey, the first such inspection since her commissioning in 2002. Shoup departed Everett, Wash., for deployment March 14, 2008, enroute to Hawaii for a four-day port visit in Pearl Harbor, followed by a major undersea warfare exercise in the Hawaiian operating area. While transiting to Singapore, Shoup participated in a passing exercise with the Royal Singapore Navy.

For more news from the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72.

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