DE-1026 General Specifications
Class: Dealey-class destroyer escort
Named for: Stanford Caldwell Hooper
Complement: 170 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 1877 tons
Length: 314 feet 6 inches
Beam: 36 feet 9 inches
Flank Speed: 27 knots
Range: 6 000 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sold for scrap
USS HOOPER (DE-1026)
Hooper (DE-1026), originally Gatch but renamed 19 July 1956, was launched
by Bethlehem-Pacific Coast Steel Corp., San Francisco, 1 August 1957; sponsored
by Miss Elizabeth
Hooper, daughter of Rear Admiral Hooper; and commissioned at San Francisco 18 March 1958, Lt.
Comdr. J. K. Leslie in command.
of a new class of fast escort vessels designed for convoy work, Hooper conducted
shakedown training out of her
home port, San Diego, before deploying with the 7th Fleet. The escort vessel took part in antisubmarine operations and joined the vital Formosa Patrol before
returning to the United States 9 April
1959. Through 1961 she continued to
operate with the 7th Fleet and in the San Diego area.
January 1962, Hooper began a 2-month assignment as school ship at San Diego
for antisubmarine training. Entering the yard at Hunter's Point in March, the ship had her after 3"
mount replaced with a helicopter flight deck to increase her versatility, and also had the
equipment installed. Returning to her regular pattern of deployments to the Far East, Hooper continued
to play an
important role in keeping the peace in this vital area. In addition to her
regular operations, she took part in SEATO maneuvers in the spring of 1963.
serving in Hawaiian waters, Hooper returned to the Far East in July 1964.
During November Hooper patrolled the Taiwan Strait. She returned to San Diego 16 December where she
conducted coastal operations through 1965.
6 January 1966 Hooper, along with Bridget (DE-1024), Evans (DE-1023),
and Bronstein (DE-1037), escorted Yorktown (CVS-10) to Hawaii. She then departed Pearl Harbor 7
February for Yokosuka, Japan, where she arrived 17 February. From 21 February to 18 March, she patrolled the
Formosa Strait again. During the next 6 months Hooper operated off Vietnam,
to the safety of the legitimate government of South Vietnam. On 15 July Hooper
departed Yokosuka for San Diego. En route the ship assisted in the search for a downed Royal Thailand
Army DC-3 carrying Brigadier General Joseph Stillwell, Jr. The search was fruitless.
Arriving at San Diego 22 July, Hooper operated off the West Coast for the
remainder of the year and into 1967.
[Note: The above USS HOOPER (DE-1026) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS HOOPER (DE-1026), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]