USS Shoup (DDG 86) transits the Puget Sound as it returns to its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Nov. 21. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jonathan Jiang)

SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., Nov. 21.

While on deployment Shoup supported the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) and participated in exercise Valiant Shield 2018.

OMSI is a secretary of defense initiative aimed at diminishing transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island nations of Oceania's exclusive economic zones and enhancing regional security and interoperability with partner nations.

Shoup’s crew proved their combat effectiveness during Valiant Shield 2018, demonstrating their ability to conduct joint operations with the U.S. Air Force.

"I am extremely proud of our Sailors' accomplishments and their commitment to victory in the mission throughout a demanding deployment," said Cmdr. Andy Strickland, commanding officer of USS Shoup. "We are excited to rejoin our community, especially our loved ones."

Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. They coordinate with Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability.

Sailors man the rails as USS Shoup (DDG 86) returns home. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jonathan Jiang)

A USS Shoup (DDG 86) Sailor is greeted by his spouse during the ship's homecoming. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jonathan Jiang)