JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (NNS) – Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke- class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) arrived in Hawaii for the first port visit during its scheduled deployment, November 28.
The Hawaii port visit is the first stop for Higgins, which departed its homeport of San Diego Nov. 20 for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Navy’s Maritime Strategy. The deployment follows a rigorous maintenance phase and training cycle, wherein Higgins proved itself operationally capable of carrying out its mission as a deployed ballistic missile defense (BMD) asset.
“I’m excited to bring my brave warriors to the Union’s 50th state, as we transit west to join the proud Little Beavers of Destroyer Squadron 23,” said Commander Victor Garza, commanding officer of Higgins.”
BMD capable guided-missile destroyers provide a great flexibility to combatant commanders and are able to carry out assigned BMD missions while still being ready to respond to other operational tasking such as maritime interdiction operations, air defense, and multinational exercises.
While in port, the crew will have the opportunity to observe Hawaiian culture and take part in a variety of recreational and cultural awareness programs. They will also have the chance to visit many of the historic sites in the area.
Higgins is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet and Naval Surface Forces. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. Third Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.