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October 16, 2015 / iDriveWarships

Free Public Tours of USS Shoup at Broadway Pier this Weekend

broadway_draft_redo3If you’ve ever wanted to tour a U.S. Navy warship, you’ve got a chance this weekend! Following in the wake of the Navy’s 240th birthday on Tuesday, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) is in town and will be giving free tours to the public as a way to celebrate and engage the greater San Diego community.

The Navy prides itself in being where it matters, when it matters. Whether operating in the Arabian Gulf, forward deployed in the western Pacific or here offering tours in San Diego.

The ship will moor at Broadway Pier, located at the intersection of Broadway and North Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, and be open for free public tours. This visit will provide the public with an opportunity to see a warship and talk with Sailors.

“This port visit gives us an opportunity to showcase the best destroyer in the Pacific Fleet and the amazing young Americans that make our Navy the best,” said USS Shoup Commanding Officer Cmdr. Bryant Trost. “Our Sailors are definitely looking forward to getting out and experiencing some of America’s finest city.”

The ship will be open for public tours on Sat., Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., and on Sun., Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. In addition to the tours there will be static displays, USS Shoup merchandise for sale (don’t forget to bring cash as they can’t accept credit cards), and plenty of Sailors on hand to answer questions.

USS Shoup, homeported in Everett, Wash., is the 36th Arleigh Burke-class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers. The ship was commissioned in Seattle on June 22, 2002 and was built to conduct simultaneous warfare operations in multi-threat environments to include air, surface, and subsurface targets.

America’s Navy is made up of more than 325,000 active duty Sailors, more than 100,000 naval reservists, and nearly 200,000 Navy civilians who come together to provide the nation with an incredibly talented all-volunteer force.

For complete details please visit this website and read over all the safety and security guidelines before visiting the ship, as there are some specific limitations.

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