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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Guided-missile destroyer Shoup nears end of 7-month upgrade

USS ShoupOn the northern tip of Harbor Island, just a couple of miles from downtown Seattle, about 9,500 tons of military might sits atop wood-tipped blocks.

For the past seven months, the 510-foot USS Shoup, a guided-missile destroyer, has been surrounded not by water but by concrete and steel as it undergoes improvements at Vigor Shipyards, formerly Todd Pacific Shipyards.

This week, with a freshly painted hull and upgrades of everything from its wiring to its combat systems, the ship will be waterborne again as it sails to its home port in Everett.

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