USS Hopper (DDG 70)
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CENTRAL ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 27, 2013) – Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Tara Wooten, the USS Hopper (DDG 70) Blue Jacket of the Year, shakes hands with Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet, Vice Adm. John W. Miller during a Thanksgiving holiday all-hands call. (U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman 3rd Class B.J. Oliver)
Hopper Sailors Get Thanksgiving Holiday Visitor 
By Lt. j.g. Ashley Allison, USS Hopper Public Affairs 
USS HOPPER, At Sea – The Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet visited the guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) Nov. 27 as part of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Vice Adm. John W. Miller and his wife visited Hopper as part of the Thanksgiving holiday to personally show their appreciation for the crew’s hard work and commitment to maintaining presence in the 5th Fleer area of responsibility (AOR).

Miller addressed the crew at an all-hands call and commended them on completing a challenging basic training phase and deploying at peak readiness. He also commended Hopper Sailors for their dedication and superior performance, urging them to stay strong during their lengthy deployment.

Miller also discussed the importance of Hopper’s deployment to the 5th Fleet AOR in order to maintain stability, aid with anti-piracy operations and provide a presence in the Arabian Gulf.

After addressing the crew and taking a tour of the ship, Miller and his wife joined a group of Hopper Sailors for a pre-Thanksgiving lunch on the mess decks.

Miller commented on the vast amount of ship’s pride crew members expressed during his tour of the ship’s central control station, combat information center, and the bridge.

The namesake of Hopper, Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, was evidently pervasive throughout the ship as many members of the crew spoke of her accomplishments citing quotes in pride such as “Dare and Do”.

The visit served as an opportunity for Navy leaders to show their appreciation for the hard work Sailors do everyday and their dedication to mission accomplishment.

Even though the crew spent the Thanksgiving holiday away from families and friends, Miller’s visit gave them an opportunity to showcase why they are one of the best ships on the waterfront.
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