May 29, 2012 - USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) departed her homeport for her first Midshipmen training cruise of the summer. HIGGINS hosted 37 Midshipmen who experienced every facet of life at sea from standing watch on the Bridge to gunnery exercises to Damage Control.
HIGGINS conducted Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) exercises along the coast of San Clemente Island for all four days underway. The Midshipmen enthusiastically gathered on the bridgewings as the Mk 45/5” Light Weight Gun Mount fired over 200 rounds onto the beach of San Clemente Island as part of a shore bombardment exercise. The eager-to-learn Midshipmen watched as HIGGINS refueled alongside the oiler USNS HENRY J. KAISER during a Replenishment at Sea. Several First Class Midshipmen were given the opportunity to CONN the ship while alongside the oiler with only 150 feet between the two vessels.
The week underway concluded with a celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, where HIGGINS’ Supply Department prepared a special meal in observance of Asian Pacific culture. The menu included several whole roasted pigs and other delicacies. HIGGINS returned home Friday after a successful and exciting underway, and sent off 37 future Naval Officers with a new appreciation for life aboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer.