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USS Higgins Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

SAN DIEGO - Guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) held a change of command ceremony May 6.

Family and guests joined the Higgins crew at the Continental Maritime San Diego Ship Yard to witness the ceremony as Cmdr. Marc Deltete relieved Cmdr. Allen Johnson as commanding officer.

Johnson assumed command of Higgins on Oct. 10, 2014 and led the ship through a training cycle, a successful Board of Inspection and Survey inspection and an eight-month deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Johnson said he attributes the ship’s successes to the crew’s hard work in preparing for deployment during the maintenance phase and maintaining the high level of proficiency in while in theater.

"It is the crew that brings life to the ship,” Johnson said in his final address to the crew. “Your relentless devotion and superior service is what makes this ship so great.”

Deltete reiterated that the crew is the decisive factor in setting up for a successful yard period, training cycle, and deployment, and that he is proud to lead the Higgins team into their next deployment.

“As Sailors aboard one of the Navy’s multi-mission destroyers, we’ll need to be prepared to do it all,” Deltete said. “I’m confident that this team is ready to get the job done.”

Deltete reported to Higgins Sept. 22, 2014 and served as the executive officer for 18 months.

Higgins is home ported in San Diego and is currently undergoing maintenance in preparation for future deployments.

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