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Guided-missile destroyer leaving Pearl Harbor for Asia and Middle East

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 8:20 p.m. HST, Apr 14, 2011

A Pearl Harbor-based guided missile destroyer is due to leave this week for a deployment to Asia and the Middle East.

The USS Hopper is scheduled to leave Oahu on Friday. Its crew of more than 275 sailors is due to conduct ballistic missile defense, work with allies, and participate in maritime interdiction operations.

The Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer is equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles, Standard surface-to-air missiles, and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

The vessel is named for Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, who co-invented the computer language called COBOL that made it possible for computers to respond to words as well as numbers. 

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