SHIELDAzure, a lion rampant Or.
From a wreath Or and Azure a lozenge Gules charged with a mullet Argent above a demi-trident of the first, between two lightning bolts pilewise of the like and all upon a wreath of laurel and oak Proper.
A scroll Argent edged Gules inscribed "AUDE ET EFFICE" Azure.
The complete coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a dark blue collar edged on the outside with gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS HOPPER" at top and "DDG 70" in base all in gold.
SHIELDBlue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the U.S. Navy. The lion, a symbol of strength and courage, stands for the USS HOPPER'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 represents devotion to duty.
The lozenge, traditionally used in the coats of arms of women, honors Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. Her distinction as the first woman to achieve flag rank is represented by the single silver star. The trident symbolizes her love for the 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 a ship's hull cutting through the sea. They also represent the sophistication and power in 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.
The Latin phrase "AUDE ET EFFICE" translates into the English phrase "DARE AND DO," in the 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. This simple phrase, in Latin, exemplifies the essence of Admiral Hopper's spirit while paying tribute to her significant academic achievements.