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Navy destroyer USS Shoup open to the public

The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) is scheduled to be open for public visits at Broadway Pier, Oct. 17 and 18.

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. The ship was built to conduct simultaneous warfare operations in multi-threat environments to include air, surface, and subsurface targets.

The visit follows the Navy's 240th birthday and will provide members of the public an opportunity to take a tour of the ship and talk with America's sailors. Public tours of the ship are scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Visitors will board on a first come, first served basis, and may have to wait in line during peak hours. Visitors should also expect security screenings prior to boarding. When touring the ship, visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible and flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes are recommended. High-heel shoes, flip-flops and improper attire (i.e. bathing suits) are not permitted.

The ship is not handicapped accessible and visitors must be in good physical condition to walk safely about the ship, moving up and down steep ladders (stairways). Touring the ship may not be appropriate for small children or those with medical conditions that impede mobility.

All visitors 18 years of age and older are required to show a valid U.S. state/federal government issued photo identification card. Persons 17 years of age and younger should be accompanied by an adult with a valid state/federal photo identification card.

All tour participants and any bags will be subject to screening before passing the entry control point. Small hand-carried items such as handbags, clear bottles of water, small cameras or diaper bags are permitted. All items carried onboard will be the individual's responsibility.

The following items are prohibited:

• Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons

• Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace, pepper spray, and aerosol spray cans

• Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives

• Illegal drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia

• Large bags or purses, including backpacks or large camera bags

There is no holding area for personal items such as bicycles, baby strollers, scooters, pets, etc. Due to security concerns, all such items will not be permitted to remain on or near the pier area.

Broadway Pier is located at the intersection of Broadway and North Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego.

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