‘Don’t tread on me’ USS Hopper returns

The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) returned to its homeport Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Feb. 9 after a successful four-month deployment. While deployed to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf with the U.S. 7th Fleet and U.S. 5th Fleet, Hopper promoted security and stability as well as ballistic missile defense. Rear Adm. Brian P. Fort, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, directed the base headquarters building to fly the “First Navy Jack” throughout 2018 to honor the 17 shipmates lost on USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and as a reminder that the Navy’s warfighting edge is not only back but renewed and forged with purpose. As a part of the command, Hopper follows by flying the “Don’t Tread on Me” Navy Jack.

Photo by MC1 Corwin Colbert

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