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.