From Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Public Affairs
USS Hopper (DDG 70) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jon Dasbach) >>
PEARL HARBOR - Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) returned home from a 180-day independent deployment to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, and Indian Ocean, Feb. 21.
While deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleets, the ship and crew of more than 330 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 9, conducted presence and maritime security operations and integrated with six different combined task forces while independently deployed.
"This was an incredible deployment which saw six different task forces, which means six different missions and operations, some of which were 'firsts' and set new precedents on what is expected from an independent deployer," said Cmdr. J.D. Gainey, Hopper's commanding officer.