USS Higgins (DDG 76) will be returning to San Diego today, October 7, 2013. The guided-missile destroyer has completed a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.
During its deployment, USS Higgins plays a major part in operations with the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, participated in many exercises, and conducted maritime presence operations with allied nations.
With a crew of more than 250 Navy sailors, USS Higgins visited Palau, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Guam, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Pearl Harbor.
Among USS Higgins other courageous duties, the ship made a port visit to Nagoya, Japan, where sailors of USS Higgins helped clean the grounds and interact with children at an orphanage. USS Higgins also stopped in Thailand where they volunteered to help build a school that had been damaged by a recent tropical storm.
Along with the 250 crewmembers on USS Higgins, three separate midshipmen groups from the U.S. Naval Academy and other universities joined the Higgins’ crew at different ports throughout their deployment as part of their summer training programs.
Commanding Officer of USS Higgins, Commander Nicole L. M. Shue, shared her thoughts regarding their deployment, â€œI am continually grateful for the effort my crew displayed this deployment. The dedication and professionalism they put forth daily reaffirms their commitment to their country and the naval service. They have worked incredibly hard, and we are looking forward to reuniting with our loved ones back here in San Diego.â€
Let us welcome the heroic crew of USS Higgins back to San Diego safe and sound! Here is a homecoming video of the USS Higgins pulling into the San Diego Bay in 2010:
Photo Credit: Naval Surface Warriors