Sheltering in Style at the Navy's Newest Berth

Story Number: NNS100421-08Release Date: 4/21/2010 1:20:00 PM
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By Lt. j.g. Jacquelyn R. Bengfort, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Shoup (DDG 86) became the first ship to pull into the newly reopened Berth Lima at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), Coronado, Calif. April 1.

The $23 million upgrade to Berth Lima, an aircraft carrier pier, took nearly a year and included changes to enhance pier security and utilities.

Barnhart Balfour Beatty, a San Diego-based construction company, completed the contract for the improvements. The ribbon-cutting for the new facility took place April 9.

"Berth Lima was by far the nicest pier I've ever moored a ship to," said Cmdr. Joe Nadeau, Shoup's commanding officer. "It was exciting to get to berth next to Nimitz (CVN 68) and Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and the city of Coronado is very Navy-friendly."

Shoup previewed the services at the new berth while mooring at NASNI April 1-5 to avoid dangerous weather conditions affecting the waters off the entire American west coast. Storm fronts frequently bring high winds and heavy seas to the Northern Pacific during the winter months. Shoup had been conducting training operations in Southern California when the inclement weather struck.

Shoup is homeported in Everett, Wash., as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) steams near Singapore.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Shoup (DDG 86)
April 25, 2008
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