USS Higgins Visits Singapore with Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group
SINGAPORE - The ballistic missile defense destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit Feb. 15, as part of the Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group.
“The crew of USS Higgins is incredibly excited to visit such a culturally diverse and historical city like Singapore”, said Cmdr. Andrew Carlson, the USS Higgins Commanding Officer. "We continue to operate as close friends and partners with the Singapore Navy, and they are a key part of maritime security efforts in the region."
While in port, the ship will conduct a community service project with the Genesis School for Special Education as well as participate in morale, welfare and recreation programs offering Sailors an assortment of local tours and activities.
"Singapore is an exciting city to visit anytime, especially after being underway," said Ensign Jane Baird, the Gunnery Officer onboard Higgins. "I'm really looking forward to experiencing the melting pot of cultures here, especially the food and architecture.”
The USS Higgins departed San Diego, Jan. 14, with the Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group (SAG), which also includes embarked Destroyer Squadron 23, guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS Shoup (DDG 86), and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110). The SAG expects to be deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions.