USS Shoup arrives in Suva

Guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) at Port of Suva for Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment. Picture: RAMA

GUIDED missile destroyer the USS Shoup (DDG-86) arrived in Suva today as part of the ship’s Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment.

Andy Strickland, commanding officer of USS Shoup said they were excited to be in Fiji again.

“This is the first time after almost two months that we’re spending more than a night at a dock and we’re very happy to be back here,” Commander Strickland said.

Fiji Navy fleet operations officer Commander Timoci Natuva said it had been more than six years since they have had navy to navy engagements.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had navy to navy engagements I think its been close to six or seven years so we’re very happy to have you here with us today,” LT Colonel Natuva said.

While on this visit the USS Shoup sailors will be engaging with the Fijian sailors and will carry out community outreach events during their stay.

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