In the service – Walls |

In the service – Walls

Navy Chief Warrant Officer John Walls, assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Hopper, homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, recently reunited with Expeditionary Strike Group 3 after conducting training exercises in the Navy’s U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Walls’ ship conducted numerous live-fire exercises and several anti-surface warfare exercises with USS Mobile Bay, and launched a recoverable expended torpedo.

The ship also conducted various community service missions and furthered international relations before arriving back in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Ports of call included the Kingdom of Tonga; Hong Kong, China; Phuket, Thailand; and Singapore.

USS Hopper provides multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. The ship and crew perform anti-submarine, air and surface warfare by using the Vertical Launching System, advanced Tomahawk and anti-aircraft missiles and a multi-function phased array radar.

He is the stepson of Jeanie Walls of Grass Valley.

Walls is a 1980 graduate of Arroyo High School of El Monte, and he joined the Navy in January 1998.

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