USS Higgins
The USS Higgins in 2015. Navy photo

The San Diego-based destroyer USS Higgins fired 23 Tomahawk land-attack missiles from the Persian Gulf early Saturday local time during the strike on Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

The Defense Department described the Higgins’ role during briefings following the successful military action by the United States, Britain and France.

“We are still conducting a more detailed damage assessment, but initial indications are that we accomplished our military objectives without material interference,” said Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie in a Pentagon briefing. “I would use three words to describe the operation: Precise, overwhelming and effective.”

Missiles were also fired from the cruiser USS Monterey in the Mediterranean Sea, the submarine USS John Warner in the Red Sea, a French frigate, U.S. B-1 bombers and British and French warplanes. A total of 105 missiles were launched.

The Higgins departed San Diego in November for deployment with the Fifth Fleet in the Middle East region.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was commissioned in 1999. It carries a crew of 300.

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Chris Jennewein

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