USS HOPPER
DDG 70
  
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The Hopper (DDG 70) is the U.S. Navy's 20th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. It was named for Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, whose pioneering spirit in the field of computer technology led the Navy into the age of computers. During her career, she was know as the "Grand Lady Software," "Amazing Grace" and "Grandma Cobol" after co-inventing COBOL (common business-oriented language).

The keel was laid down on February 23, 1995, att Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine; christened on Janaury 6, 1996; Mrs. Mary Murray Westcote, sister of the ship's namesake, served as sponsor of the ship. USS Hopper was commissioned in San Francisco, Calif., on September 6, 1997. Cmdr. Thomas D. Crowley is the first commanding officer.

in Summer 1998, the Hopper participated in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 98 and was deployed to western Pacific from August 1998 through February 1999.

April ?, 2000 USS Hopper departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled five-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

March 14, 2001 The guided-missile destroyer underway for sea trials after a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

March 22, The Hopper arrived at Naval Magazine Station Lualualei, Hawaii, to onload ammunition. Underway for Combat Systems Operational Sequencing System (CSOSS) II from March 26-30.

April 6, DDG 70 departed Pearl Harbor for a three-day Dependent's Cruise to Kona, Hawaii. Port visit to Hilo, Hawaii, from April 20-22; Underway for exercise Silent Fury from April 24-27; Underway for CART II from May 8-11; Underway for TSTA A from June 5-8 and 12-15; Underway again from July 17-20, July 23-27, Aug. 11-16, Aug. 21-22.

September 20, USS Hopper moored at Lualualei for a two-day ammo onload. Underway from Oct. 2-4, Oct. 24-26, Nov. 1-3 and 19th.

December 3, The Hopper departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for Group Sail operations with the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31.

January 7, 2002 USS Hopper departed homeport to participate in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, in preparation for the upcoming deployment as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group.

Janury 13, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Station San Diego for an eight-day port call. Returned to Pearl Harbor on Feb. 9; Underway from Feb. 12-15.

March 1, Cmdr. Kenneth W. Auten relieved Cmdr. John J. Source as commanding officer of the Hopper.

April 2, USS Hopper departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

April 12, DDG 70 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a three-day port call to take on fuel and supplies.

April 23, The Hopper moored at Changi Naval Base for a three-day port visit to Singapore.

April 30, USS Hopper arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a brief stop to refuel, the first time in more than seven years a U.S. Navy warship has visited this island nation near India.

May 5, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Mina Salman Pier in Manama, Bahrain, for a brief port call. Another visits to Manama from May 30- June 3; July 4-6; July 20-22; and Aug. 10-13.

September 11, The Hopper arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Townsville from Sept. 18-22. Brief stop at Noumea, New Caledonia, on Sept. 25 for refuel.

October 2, USS Hopper returned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During the deployment, Hopper sailed over 41,000 nautical miles and served as the "flagship" for the Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) Commanders, conducting numerous queries and boarding procedures in support of United Nations Sanctions.

November 13, DDG 70 arrived at Naval Magazine Station Lualualei to offload ammunition. Underway to conduct rehearsal for INSURV assessment from Nov. 19-22; Underway from Dec. 4-6; Underway for INSURV checks on Dec. 18.

January 8, 2003 USS Hopper entered the dry-dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a two-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

May 23, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit.

August 1, Cmdr. Michael W. Selby relieved Cmdr. Kenneth W. Auten as CO of DDG 70.

October 9, USS Hopper pulled into San Francisco, Calif., for a six-day port visit to participate in Fleet Week 2003.

October 17, The Hopper arrived at Naval Base San Diego for an 11-day port call. Returned home on Nov. 6; Underway again on Nov. 13.

November 19, USS Hopper anchored off the coast of Tarawa Atoll for a two-day visit to the Republic of Kiribati, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa. Returned home on Nov. 26.

June 28, 2004 USS Hopper departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor, along with the San Diego-based USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Central Command Areas of Responsibility AoR), as part of the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3.

July 11, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port call.

October 7, The Hopper arrived in Masawa, Eritrea, for a two-day port visit, becoming the first U.S. Navy ship to visit this city since 1997.

December 9, USS Hopper returned to homeport after a nearly six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

In November 2005, the Hopper participated in BMD test event "Stellar Valkyrie", providing cueing and track data on a medium range ballistic missile, which USS Lake Erie (CG 70) acquired and engaged with the newest variant of Standard Missile (SM-3).

February 15, 2006 USS Hopper participated in the successful "Sky Hunter" Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) test event off the coast of southern California. Using a recent upgrade to its Aegis weapons system, she was tasked with detecting and tracking a Minuteman III Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., during the boost and initial ballistic portions of flight, and providing cueing data to SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare) Space Systems Center (SSC) in San Diego and the Joint National Test Center in Colorado Springs for analysis. In a role known as long range surveillance and track (LRS&T), DDG 70 has the capability to detect and track ICBMs and report track data to shore-based components of the missile defense system. It can further provide fire control data to the ground-based ICBM interceptors located at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base. Thirteen Aegis destroyers are currently equipped with the LRS&T capability.

May 5, USS Hopper departed Pearl Harbor for a four-month deployment to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet AoR. The ship will travel to various locations in the western Pacific to take part in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2006 exercise. CARAT is a regularly scheduled series of military training exercises with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines, designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services.

May 20, U.S. Navy task group, including the Hopper, departed Okinawa to begin the fifth annual Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism maritime security exercise.

May 29, The Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) maritime security exercise ended when the exercise task group arrived in Singapore.

June 14, DDG 70 departed Changi Naval Base, Singapore, after completing the first phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).

June 18, USS Hopper arrived in Sattahip Naval Base to participate in the Thailand phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. Departed Sattahip on June 27.

July 9, The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway in the Indian Ocean, assigned to USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group.

July 24, USS Hopper moored at Tanjung Gelang naval base in Kuantan, Malaysia, for the 4th phase of CARAT exercise. The ship recently departed Singapore after a brief port call; Departed Kuantan on Aug. 3.

August 6, The Hopper arrived in Maura, Brunei Darussalam, for the fifth phase of CARAT exercise begining here Aug. 8 at the Royal Brunei Navy's (RBN) headquarters. The RBN task group is comprised of the Waspada-class fast attack craft KDB Pejuang (P03) and KDB Seteria (P04), and the Perwira-class coastal patrol craft KDB Perwira (P14) and KDB Pemburu (P15).

August 15, The Philippines phase of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise began in Subic Bay, Philippines, with an opening ceremony at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. Philippine Navy CARAT task group ships include BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS 36), BRP Heracleo Alano (PG 376), BRP Teotimo Figuracion (PG 389) and BRP Bacolod City (LC 550).

September 6, DDG 70 departed Apra Harbor, Guam, after a routine port call.

September 15, USS Hopper returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after more than a four-month underway period.

June 29, 2007 The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

September 22, the Hopper recently arrived in San Diego to participate in Fleet Week celebration.

November 12, USS Hopper departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment, as part of USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Expeditionary Strike Group.

December 16, DDG 70 recently arrived in Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a brief port call.

January 4, 2008 The search to locate a Sailor discovered missing from the Hopper was called off at 2:05 p.m. local time after 30 hours of extensive searching. The Sailor was reported missing Jan. 3 at approximately 7:30 a.m. local time while the ship was conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Sea.

January 6, Three U.S. Navy ships: USS Hopper, USS Port Royal (CG 73) and USS Ingraham (FFG 61) were steaming in formation at approximately 8 a.m. as they finished a routine Strait of Hormuz transit to Arabian Gulf when five boats, suspected to be from the Islamic Republic of Iran Revolutionary Guard Navy (IRGCN), maneuvered aggressively in close proximity of the Hopper. Following standard procedure, USS Hopper issued warnings, attempted to establish communications with the small boats and conducted evasive maneuvering. Iranian boats took 15 British sailors engaged in United Nations-sanctioned operations in the northern Arabian Gulf on March 23, 2007.

April 3, The Hopper anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit.

April 14, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Koror, Republic of Palau, for a goodwill port visit.

May 2, USS Hopper returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

July 3, Cmdr. Timothy J. Kott relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey W. James as commanding officer of the Hopper.

January 12, 2009 USS Hopper departed homeport to participate in the MIDPAC Surface Combatant Group Sail.

January 20, USS Hopper departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a surge western Pacific deployment as part of the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program.

February 4, The guided-missile destroyer recently arrived at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a scheduled port call. Upkeep in Yokosuka in late-February.

March 30, The Hopper pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for an eight-day upkeep.

April 23, USS Hopper returned to Pearl Harbor after a three-month underway period. The ship also visited Republic of Korea and Guam.

July 30, The Hopper fired and guided an SM-3 Block IA missile that intercepted the short-range ballistic missile, fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at 11.40 p.m. EDT, about 100 miles above the Pacific Ocean. This marked the nineteenth successful intercept in 23 flight tests for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program.

September 14, USS Hopper departed Pearl Harbor for a surge Middle East deployment.

October 4, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a goodwill port visit.

December 3, DDG 70 is currently in the North Arabian Gulf, attached to Commander, Task Force Iraqi Maritime, providing security for Al Basra and the Khawr Al Amaya oil terminals.

January 20, 2010 Singaporean Navy Rear Adm. Bernard Miranda relieved Rear Adm. Scott E. Sanders as Commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, in a change-of-command ceremony on board the Hopper in Manama, Bahrain. Rear Adm. Miranda will join his flagship, the USS Farragut (DDG 99), in Djibouti next week.

March 17, Cmdr. Kevin A. Melody relieved Cmdr. Timothy J. Kott as CO of USS Hopper during a change-of-command ceremony at Mina Salman Pier in Manama.

April 2, The Hopper departed Phuket after a two-day, its second, visit to Thailand.

April 9, DDG 70 recently anchored off the coast of Cebu, Philippines, for a scheduled port visit.

April 23, USS Hopper returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after more than a seven-month deployment.

July 7, The Hopper departed Pearl Harbor to participate in the biennial, multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010, off the coast of Hawaii.

September 27, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) teamed up with BAE Systems Ship Repair to begin a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) of USS Hopper. The work includes modernization of the closed-in weapons system, water tank preservation and ammunition trunk repairs and instalation of the 25 new flight deck tie-downs. The guided-missile destroyer recently served as a movie set for Hollywood production "Battleship."

April 15, 2011 USS Hopper departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

April 28, The Hopper recently departed Apra Harbor, Guam, after a routine port call.

May 4, DDG 70 pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

May 12, The Hopper departed Phuket, Thailand, after a three-day port visit.

May 18, USS Hopper provided assistance to the Pakistani flagged fishing dhow Al Sohail, after the vessel lost all power and communications, in the Arabian Sea.

July 17, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Mina Zayed port for a scheduled visit to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

October 17, DDG 70 recently pulled into Changi Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to Singapore.

November 4, Cmdr. Abdel I. Lopez relieved Cmdr. Kevin A. Melody as CO of the Hopper during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Apra Harbor, Guam.

November 14, USS Hopper returned to Pearl Harbor after a seven-month deployment.

April 16, 2012 The Hopper arrived at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a week-long port call. Returned home on May 1.

July 18, The guided-missile destroyer entered the dry-dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).

December 17, USS Hopper recently departed Pearl Harbor for sea trials. Underway again on March 18, 2013.

May 31, Cmdr. David T. Snee relieved Cmdr. Abdel I. Lopez as the 11th commanding officer of Hopper.

July 15, DDG 70 departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a week-long underway to participate in Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) exercise.

September 6, USS Hopper departed Pearl Harbor for an independent Middle East deployment.

September 13, The Hopper recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call.?

September 30, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a scheduled port visit.

October 13, USS Hopper recently moored at Berth 5, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a routine port call.

December 8, The Hopper is currently supporting the exercise Spartan Kopis in the Arabian Gulf, a training event that validates the effectiveness of using joint aviation assets in a joint and combined maritime environment, as well as exercising joint force command and control structure and communications.

January 30, 2014 DDG 70 recently moored at Khalifa Port in Taweelah, United Arab Emirates, for a liberty port visit to Abu Dhabi.

February 22, USS Hopper recently departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a liberty port visit to Dubai. Inport Bahrain again in late March.

April 13, The Hopper anchored in Patong Bay for a four-day port visit to Phuket, Thailand.

May 6, USS Hopper returned to homeport after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

June 22, The Hopper detected and tracked the intermediate-range ballistic missile target, launched from the U.S. Army’s Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll, as part of the Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor-06b. About six minutes after target launch, a long-range ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., propelling the interceptor’s Capability Enhancement II EKV into the target missile’s projected trajectory in space. This was the first successful intercept using the second-generation Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.

September 12, BAE Systems Hawaii was awarded a not-to-exceed $22,9 million to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-4412) for the USS Hopper's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by October.

November 21, Cmdr. Jaja J. E. Marshall relieved Cmdr. David T. Snee as CO of the Hopper during a pierside ceremony at Pearl Harbor.