USS SHOUP, At Sea (NNS) -- Though far from home while underway in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Sailors on board USS Shoup (DDG 86) were treated to a lavish homestyle Thanksgiving feast Nov. 25.
Thanks to the hard work of the ship's culinary specialists and food service attendants, a menu including ham, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pies and more was served to the grateful crew of more than 300 personnel. Twenty turkeys, a massive prime rib and a homemade cornucopia stuffed with pears, apples and dragonfruit crowned the meal.
"It took a lot of planning; everyone in the division had to work together to make it happen," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Christopher Delacruz, a native of Irvine, Calif. "I'm very happy with the results."
Sailors were able to spend the day relaxing and recharging for their next mission following a successful 10 weeks in the 7th Fleet AOR. Many used the opportunity to prepare holiday cards and letters to make the long journey back to the United States.
While it was difficult to be away from home during Thanksgiving, many said they were happy for the camaraderie of their shipmates and proud to be defending freedom on such an important day.
"I'm thankful for our mighty ship and mighty crew," said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Joe Nadeau, originally from San Diego, Calif., during an address to the crew.
"What you do out here makes our lives back home possible."
Shoup, homeported in Everett, Wash., is currently on a routine deployment with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.
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