USS Shoup, at sea (NNS) -- USS Shoup (DDG 86) formed a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) syndicate Sept. 25 to help the ship be prepared for any tasking.
The syndicate, composed of experienced Surface Warfare Officers as well as experts in a variety of subjects, from logistics to repair to security, was formed to answer the question, "If you are the first on scene following a major disaster, what can you do and what will you need to do it?"
"Unfortunately, large-scale tragedies such as tsunamis, typhoons and earthquakes are not uncommon," said Lt. Colin Kennedy, of Elkhorn, Wis., USS Shoup operations officer. "If you stay in this business long enough, it's a question of when, not if, you will be called upon."
Discussing the ship's potential role in disaster response as well as its capabilities and constraints, the new syndicate plans to continue to meet on a regular basis throughout Shoup's deployment to ensure that, if needed, the ship is prepared to render assistance.
"This ship is going to be prepared for anything that comes its way," said San Diego-native Lt. Cmdr. Paul Willis, HA/DR syndicate head.
Shoup is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. USS Abraham Lincoln is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and Shoup, as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sterett (DDG 104).
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