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USS Higgins in the Pacific Ocean
|Namesake:||William R. Higgins|
|Ordered:||19 January 1993|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Laid down:||14 November 1996|
|Launched:||4 October 1997|
|Acquired:||14 January 1999|
|Commissioned:||24 April 1999|
|Homeport:||Naval Base San Diego|
|Motto:||First to Fight|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Arleigh Burke-class destroyer|
|Length:||505 ft (154 m)|
|Beam:||66 ft (20 m)|
|Draft:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)|
|Speed:||>30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked, no hangar|
USS Higgins (DDG-76) is a Flight II Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for Colonel William R. Higgins. President George Bush awarded Colonel Higgins the Presidential Citizen’s Award two years after the colonel died. Two years later the president named the ship, which was to be built as the 26th destroyer of her class, after Colonel Higgins. USS Higgins was the 15th ship of this class to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and construction began on 14 November 1996. She was launched and christened on 4 October 1997. On 24 April 1999 she was commissioned during a ceremony at Port Everglades, Florida.
The Commanding Officer (CO) of USS Higgins is the most senior officer that is in command of the ship. Sailors will refer to the CO as "the Captain" (regardless of rank), or sometimes informally as "Skipper". Below is the list of commanding officers of USS Higgins.
|15||CDR Marc R. Deltete||6 May 2016||Present|
|14||CDR Allen P. Johnson||10 October 2014||6 May 2016|
|13||CDR Nicole L. Maver-Shue||28 May 2013||10 October 2014|
|12||CDR Andrew F. Carlson||2 December 2011||28 May 2013|
|11||CDR Rome Ruiz||11 June 2010||2 December 2011|
|10||CDR Carl W. Meuser||12 December 2008||11 June 2010|
|9||CDR Fred W. Smith Jr.||15 May 2007||12 December 2008|
|8||CAPT Roy I. Kitchener||8 May 2007||15 May 2007|
|7||CDR Jeffrey P. Menne||9 November 2006||8 May 2007|
|6||CDR Jesse A. Wilson Jr.||12 November 2004||9 November 2006|
|5||CDR Roy I. Kitchener||10 October 2003||12 November 2004|
|4||CDR Charles R. Hill||24 April 2003||10 October 2003|
|3||CDR Michael M. Gilday||15 February 2002||24 April 2003|
|2||CDR William R. Ault||2 June 2000||15 February 2002|
|1||CDR James Lee T. Smith||24 April 1999||2 June 2000|
Coat of Arms
The shield has background of blue with a “V” cutting through the center. The griffin is shown in the “V” yielding an axe and a trident.
The traditional Navy colors were chosen for the shield because dark blue, white and gold respectively represent the sea, integrity and excellence. The griffin, holding an axe and a trident, denotes valor and intelligence. The axe indicates her ability and readiness for engaging land based hostilities, while the trident symbolizes her modern weapon systems, giving her air combat and undersea engagement versatility. The “V” of the shield represents victory and the cloverleaf is for good fortune.
The crest consists of an anchor with swords crossing in the middle, both surrounded by wreaths.
The anchor is representative of the U.S. Navy. Two wreaths, one behind and one surrounding the anchor, symbolize the military and civilian honors awarded to Colonel Higgins for some unusual achievements. Crossed swords, a Naval officer’s sword and a Marine Corps Mameluke, represent the long-standing tradition of Navy and Marine Corps cooperation in times of peace and war.
The motto is written on a scroll of gold that has a blue reverse side.
The ships motto is "First to Fight". The motto is a reference to the honorable feats of Colonel Higgins.
The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, upon a white background enclosed within a dark blue oval border edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Higgins" at the top and "DDG 76" in the base all gold.
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