Guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins departs San Diego for Middle EastNovember 21, 2017
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins left its San Diego home port Monday for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Middle East.
The Higgins and its crew of almost 330 sailors will perform a variety of missions, such as ballistic missile defense, over the next seven months or so, according to the Navy. The crew just completed what the Navy called a “rigorous maintenance phase and training cycle.”
The deployment comes at a rough time for families, just three days before Thanksgiving and a little over one month before Christmas.