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CHIPS Articles: On This Day in U.S. Navy History: USS Hopper Christened

On This Day in U.S. Navy History: USS Hopper Christened
By Heather Rutherford - January 6, 2015
USS Hopper (DDG 70) — named for the legendary Rear Admiral Grace “Amazing Grace” Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer programming and co-inventor of COBOL — was christened 19 years ago today, Jan. 6, 1996.

Hopper was built at Bath Iron Works in Maine, and in June 1997, she set sail toward her commissioning. On Sept. 6, 1997, Hopper was commissioned in San Francisco, California as the Navy’s 20th of 38 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. These versatile, multi-mission ships are designed to operate either independently or in support of carrier and amphibious operations and come equipped with the Navy's Aegis combat weapons system, which combines space-age communication, radar and weapons technologies in a single platform for unlimited flexibility, according to Navy News Service.

Homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Hopper is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 31 and has completed numerous deployments to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. According to the ship's website, “Hopper Nation” has participated in multiple fleet and allied exercises, supporting crucial initiatives such as Operation Southern Watch (2000); Operation Enduring Freedom (2002); Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) (2006); Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) (2008 and 2010); and Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) Surface Combatant Group Sail (2009). Additionally, she has taken part in San Francisco’s Navy Fleet Week twice.

In July 2012, Hopper entered dry dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility for major maintenance — Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) — which, according to NAVSEA, encompassed more than $25 million of work, thus making it one of largest work packages ever conducted on an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.

With maintenance complete, Hopper got underway Sept. 6, 2013 for an independent deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. According to Navy News Service, Hopper Nation conducted theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations, participated in interdiction operations, and practiced humanitarian assistance and anti-piracy operations during the eight months spent at sea.

More recently, Hopper played a major role in a Ballistic Missile Defense System test, according to a Defense Department press release. Hopper's crew detected and tracked an intermediate-range ballistic missile target that was launched from the U.S. Army’s Reagan Test Site in the Republic of the Marshall Islands last June. Using the onboard AN/SPY-1 radar, Hopper provided data to the GMD fire control system via the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communication system.

For More Information
USS Hopper
Rear Adm. Grace Hopper
USS Hopper Commissioning

Coat of Arms, USS Hopper (DDG 70), Blazon
Coat of Arms, USS Hopper (DDG 70), Blazon

HONOLULU (April 15, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment. Hopper will conduct operations in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas or responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach.
HONOLULU (April 15, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) leaves Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment. Hopper will conduct operations in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas or responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach.

The cover of the Chips April 1992 edition featuring Rear Adm. Grace Hopper at the Navy Micro Conference holding one of her famous props to demonstrate the length of a nanosecond with an inset of a much younger Lt. Cmdr. Hopper.
The cover of the Chips April 1992 edition featuring Rear Adm. Grace Hopper at the Navy Micro Conference holding one of her famous props to demonstrate the length of a nanosecond with an inset of a much younger Lt. Cmdr. Hopper.
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