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 Dare and Do
Grace Hopper Quotes:
 Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.
A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.
Sailors belong on ships and ships belong at sea.


Shield: Blue and gold are traditionally used by the Navy. The lion, a symbol of strength and courage, stands for the USS HOPPERS's characteristics of survivability and alludes to the ship's motto ( DARE AND DO ). The rampant lion has been adapted from the arms of Scotland and refers to Rear Admiral Hopper's heritage. Gold stands for excellence; blue is for devotion to duty.
Crest: The lozenge, traditionally used in the coats of arms of women, honors Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. Her distinction as the first woman to achieve the rank of rear admiral is represented by the single silver star. The trident symbolizes her love for the United States Navy and her Naval service, the focus of her life's work. The lightning bolts, framing the bottom of the shield, connote the image of ship's hull cutting through the sea. They also represent the sophistication and power of the Aegis warship, in large part made possible by Admiral Hopper's pioneering work in the computer field. The wreath consists of laurel and oak representing honor and strength. Red denotes courage and sacrifice; gold stands for excellence.
Motto: The Latin phrase "AUDE ET EFFICE" translates into the English phrase "DARE AND DO", in context of a command. RADM Hopper was frequently quoted using this phrase when issuing advice. The phrase captures the spirit of RADM Hopper in her quest for pushing the limits of conventional thinking and looking beyond the norm for innovative solutions and approaches to problem solving. The simple phrase, in Latin, exemplifies the essence of Admiral Hopper's spirit while paying tribute to her tremendous academic achievements.


USS HOPPER ( DDG 70) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer named after the computer scientist Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.  Construction began on 23 February 1995 in Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, launched and christened on 6 January 1996 and commissioned in San Francisco on 6 September 1997.

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper:
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper lived 1906 to 1992. Grace Hopper was a Computer Scientist and Mathematician, with a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale University. Prior to her military life, Rear Admiral worked as a mathematics Professor at Vassar College where she was awarded 40 honorary degrees from universities around the world. Posthumously Read Admiral will also be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016.  
In 1947 while working on the Mark II Computer a moth was discovered to be stuck in a relay which faulted the program. The moth was extracted from the relay and affixed to the log sheet for that day. This event was considered the first example of “debugging” a computer program. The relay the moth was extracted from was the 70th relay in the system, which event played a significant role in the numbering of the USS HOPPER’s hull. The moth’s remains are still on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History

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Hopper's keel was laid on 23 February 1995, she was christened 6 January 1996, and in June 1997 she sailed from her construction yard at Bath Iron Works in Maine, to San Francisco, California. There, she was commissioned on 6 September 1997 as the 20th Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer.

Hopper has participated in numerous fleet and allied exercises and has completed seven deployments to the Fifth and Seventh Fleet areas of operation. In July 2000 USS Hopper (DDG 70) was on deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch.

In 2002 Hopper was deployed with the Kennedy Battle Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In August 2002 Gen. Tommy Franks visited the guided missile destroyer USS hopper to personally thank the crew for the outstanding performance in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In October 2003 USS Hopper participated in San Francisco Navy Fleet Week 2003. Hopper participated again in 2005.

In May 2006 Hopper participated in Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism. SEACAT was a scenario-based exercise where the navies of various Southeast Asian Nations operated with the U.S. Navy in tracking and boarding simulated rogue merchant ships. Following SEACAT Hopper took part in the three-month Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series with six Southeast Asia nations.

In November 2007 Hopper departed with the USS Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group for a six month deployment to the Fifth Fleet and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).

In July 2008 Hopper departed to participate in Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008.

In January 2009 guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) participated during the Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) Surface Combatant Group Sail.

USS Hopper (DDG-70) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in July 2010 to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises.

In April 2011 the guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled independent deployment.

In July 2012 USS Hopper (DDG 70) entered dry dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) encompasses more than $25 million of work, making it one of largest work packages conducted on an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.

Hopper is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 31 and routinely deploys to the 5th and 7th Fleet area of responsibility.


USS HOPPER is named after Rear Admiral 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 known as the "Grand Lady of Software," "Amazing Grace" and "Grandma Cobol" after co-inventing COBOL (common business-oriented language). COBOL made it possible for computers to respond to words instead of just numbers, thus enabling computers to "talk to each other."
Rear Adm. Hopper retired from the Naval Reserve in January 1967, but was recalled to active duty in August 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson because of her much-needed expertise in applied computer science. Rear Adm. Hopper retired a second time in August 1986. She passed away on Jan. 1, 1992. This is the first time since World War II and only the second time in Naval History, that a warship has been named after a woman from the Navy’s own ranks.


Keel Laid: February 26, 1995
Christened: January 6, 1996
Commissioned: September 6, 1997
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 505,25 feet (154 meters)
Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 8.300 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations.
Armament: two Mk 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk; Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)
Homeport: Pearl Harbor, HI
Crew:  31 Officers, 23 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted
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