USS Higgins
First to Fight!
150126-N-UP026-003 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 26, 2015) - Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, talks with officers and enlisted Sailors during his visit to the guided- missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76). The purpose of his visit was to perform an assessment of the ship’s readiness and meet with members of the crew. Higgins is currently in the Basic Phase of training in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Joe Barone)
By Ensign Joe Barone, USS Higgins Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR), spoke with the officers and crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) during an inport visit, Jan. 26.

The purpose of Rowden’s visit was to assess the ship’s readiness and spend time with the officers and crew as part of COMNAVSURFOR responsibilities.

During his visit Rowden met with Cmdr. Allen Johnson, the ship’s commanding officer, and toured key spaces of the ship including the bridge, main engine room number two, central control station, and combat information center.

Along the way Rowden met with Sailors, asking them about their careers and experiences on board Higgins. He concluded his tour by addressing both the chief petty officers mess and the wardroom regarding personal readiness.

“Everyone must make the decision, whether consciously or unconsciously, to either be lucky or good,” said Rowden. “Being lucky is the easy choice to make; being good is the harder conscious choice to meet a higher standard.”

He concluded his remarks by discussing the future of surface naval operations and capabilities. Rowden also told the crew he was extremely proud of their work and wished them success in their future endeavors.

Higgins, homeported in San Diego, is currently in the basic phase of training in preparation for future deployments.
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