SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- 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 she was commissioned, May 17-19.
Hopper, homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, 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.
Hopper is a multi-mission ship with ballistic missile defense, air warfare, submarine warfare, and surface warfare capabilities, designed to operate independently or with carrier strike groups, surface action groups, or amphibious ready groups.
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