USS Hopper departs Pearl Harbor for deployment

Photo by MC1 Jeff Troutman. Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) stand at the rails as the ship prepares to deploy.

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the western Pacific and Middle East, Sept. 28.

Hopper has a crew of nearly 330 officers and enlisted Sailors and is a multi-mission ship designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group.

While deployed, the ship will conduct theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations. Having steadily worked through a sustainment cycle, the ship’s commanding officer is confident in his ship’s performance.

“The crew has worked hard sustaining all of the ship’s certifications since returning from deployment seven months ago,” said Cmdr. Jeff Tamulevich, commanding officer of Hopper. “I am proud of the resiliency of these Sailors and all they have accomplished to maintain Hopper’s readiness. We look forward to operating with our allies and partners from around the world again.”

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