The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Jan. 4.
Hopper will conduct evolutions involving theater security cooperation, building partner capacity and performing routine operations within the area.
Hopper is a multi-mission ship with anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants capabilities; designed to operate independently or with a surface action group or strike group. Homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hopper is currently underway in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on an independent deployment.
The U.S. Navy maintains a presence in the 7th fleet area of operations to help preserve peace and security and to further their partnerships with friends and allies. This forward presence contributes to freedom of navigation and lawful use of the sea, as well as furthers operational training and enables an exchange of culture, skills and tactical knowledge.
Hopper is named after Rear Adm. “Amazing” Grace Hopper who is best known for her accomplishments as a pioneering computer scientist.
Hopper is only the second U.S. Navy warship to be named for a woman from the Navy’s own ranks. This ship is the 20th destroyer of her class. USS Hopper (DDG-70) was the 11th ship of this class to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and construction began on 23 February 1995. She was launched and christened on 6 January 1996. On 6 September 1997, she was commissioned in San Francisco outside of Silicon Valley with Commander Thomas D. Crowley in command.
Commander, Task Force 70