USS Port Royal (CG 73) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Daniel Barker)

PEARL HARBOR - Guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, and guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) will depart their homeport of Pearl Harbor for an independent deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation, Aug. 25.

"The warriors aboard USS Port Royal and USS Hopper have been working together diligently to prepare for this deployment to the 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet AOR," said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.

While deployed, Port Royal and Hopper will transit through the western Pacific to enter the 5th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts.

"Port Royal and Hopper crews are trained and ready to execute higher headquarters tasking. We join their friends and families in wishing them a safe and successful deployment," said Fuller.

Port Royal and Hopper help provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas and humanitarian/disaster response as well as supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.

USS Hopper (DDG 70) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Rose Forest)