USS Hopper celebrates 20th anniversary with visit

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) sits pierside during a special port visit to celebrate the ship’s 20th anniversary in the city where it was commissioned.
Photo by MCC Mark R. Alvarez

MC2 Curtis D. Spencer

USS Hopper Public Affairs

The crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) celebrated the ship’s 20th anniversary during a port visit in San Francisco, the city where it was commissioned, May 17-19.

Hopper, homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, was commissioned Sept. 6, 1997 as the 20th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

This port visit fell on the heels of 20 years of fleet exercises, including eight deployments to the Pacific, Middle East and Horn of Africa. Hopper has also been a familiar sight at the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise and a frequent guest of host cities during Navy fleet weeks.

Most recently, Hopper returned from a 180-day independent deployment to the Arabian Gulf, western Pacific and Indian Ocean, Feb. 21.

The ship was named in honor of Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a pioneering computer scientist. Adm. Hopper and her namesake ship are affectionately referred to as Amazing Grace.

The ship’s motto, “Aude Et Effice,” translates into the English phrase “Dare And Do.” The phrase, often used by Adm. Hopper, captures the spirit of her quest for pushing the limits of conventional thinking and the ability to discover unique approaches and solutions to problem solving.

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