The guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) departed Naval Base San Diego, July 6 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Middle East.
While deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations, the ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, will conduct presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations.
Higgins is a multi-mission ship with anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatant capabilities; designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group.
The ship is homeported in San Diego and is part of Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet.
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