USS SHOUP, At Sea (NNS) -- The commander of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), visited USS Shoup (DDG 86) April 30 to emphasize Sailor readiness during a tour of naval installations in the Pacific Northwest.
The visit by Rear Adm. Michael J. Lyden, who also serves as the 45th chief of Supply Corps, was a unique chance for supply officers on the Everett, Wash. waterfront to ask questions and provide feedback to the highest ranking supply officer in the Navy.
Topics of discussion ranged from career advancement to technical supply issues to a spirited debate on nontraditional communication within the supply community. Lyden also spoke at length on the opportunities for and importance of joint tours.
"In the last eight to ten years, we've really come to appreciate that it's a joint world, especially when it comes to logistics," said Lyden.
Lyden's visit concluded with a tour of Shoup's galley, mess decks, supply support center and ship's store. He also met junior supply department personnel and complimented the Sailors on their hard work and dedication.
"It was a huge benefit to see that the top supply officer in the Navy is interested in what we do," said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Wilson Sydenstricker, who reported to Shoup in April as the S-2 division leading chief petty officer. "Visits like this one let us see our work in the context of the bigger picture."
Shoup is homeported in Everett as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.
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