USS Higgins. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Frederick McCahan
USS Higgins. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Frederick McCahan

The guided missile destroyer USS Higgins is scheduled to return to San Diego Thursday from a 225-day independent deployment to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, and Indian Ocean.

During the long deployment the crew conducted numerous visit, board, search and seizure operations and participated in several Naval exercises. Notably, while on station in the Arabian Gulf, the ship rescued four Saudi Arabian fishermen after their boat caught fire.

“I could not be more pleased with the hard work and dedication from this crew,” said Cmdr. Allen P. Johnson, commanding officer of the Higgins. “I know we can all reflect on this time we have spent underway and be proud of the contributions we have all made to our nation and national security.”

The Higgins is a multi-mission ship with anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.