From 3rd Fleet to 6th Fleet, USS Higgins provides seamless performance
NAPLES, Italy - San Diego-based destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) is currently deployed in the 6th Fleet area of operations and is a real-world application of the collaborative approach by fleet commanders for supporting global mission requirements.
ADRIATIC SEA — Special Operations Forces with exercise Jackal Stone 2009 conduct a fast roping evolution out of a MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) with USS Higgins (DDG 76).  Exercise Jackal Stone 2009 takes place in various locations throughout Croatia and promotes cooperation and interoperability between special operations forces of 10 participating nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman)
3 photos: ADRIATIC SEA — Special Operations Forces with exercise Jackal Stone 2009 conduct a fast roping evolution out of a MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) wit
Photo 1 of 3: ADRIATIC SEA — Special Operations Forces with exercise Jackal Stone 2009 conduct a fast roping evolution out of a MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) with USS Higgins (DDG 76). Exercise Jackal Stone 2009 takes place in various locations throughout Croatia and promotes cooperation and interoperability between special operations forces of 10 participating nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman) Download full-resolution version
USS HIGGINS, At Sea — Sailors aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) take on supplies during a connected replenishment with USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), Sept. 21. Higgins is currently on a deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is conducting various engagements to develop enduring international military partnerships. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman)
3 photos: USS HIGGINS, At Sea — Sailors aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) take on supplies during a connected replenishment with USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), Sept. 21. Higgins is currently on a deployment to
Photo 2 of 3: USS HIGGINS, At Sea — Sailors aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) take on supplies during a connected replenishment with USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), Sept. 21. Higgins is currently on a deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is conducting various engagements to develop enduring international military partnerships. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman) Download full-resolution version
ADRIATIC SEA — A MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) approaches USS Higgins (DDG 76) during exercise Jackal Stone 2009 to conduct a fast roping evolution, Sept. 21.  Exercise Jackal Stone 2009 takes place in various locations throughout Croatia and promotes cooperation and interoperability between special operations forces of 10 participating nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman)
3 photos: ADRIATIC SEA — A MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) approaches USS Higgins (DDG 76) during exercise Jackal Stone 2009 to conduct a fast roping evolution
Photo 3 of 3: ADRIATIC SEA — A MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) approaches USS Higgins (DDG 76) during exercise Jackal Stone 2009 to conduct a fast roping evolution, Sept. 21. Exercise Jackal Stone 2009 takes place in various locations throughout Croatia and promotes cooperation and interoperability between special operations forces of 10 participating nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman) Download full-resolution version
ADRIATIC SEA — Special Operations Forces with exercise Jackal Stone 2009 conduct a fast roping evolution out of a MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) with USS Higgins (DDG 76).  Exercise Jackal Stone 2009 takes place in various locations throughout Croatia and promotes cooperation and interoperability between special operations forces of 10 participating nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman)
USS HIGGINS, At Sea — Sailors aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) take on supplies during a connected replenishment with USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), Sept. 21. Higgins is currently on a deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is conducting various engagements to develop enduring international military partnerships. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman)
ADRIATIC SEA — A MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) approaches USS Higgins (DDG 76) during exercise Jackal Stone 2009 to conduct a fast roping evolution, Sept. 21.  Exercise Jackal Stone 2009 takes place in various locations throughout Croatia and promotes cooperation and interoperability between special operations forces of 10 participating nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Louis Fellerman)

NAPLES, Italy — San Diego-based destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) is currently deployed in the 6th Fleet area of operations and is a real-world application of the collaborative approach by fleet commanders for supporting global mission requirements.

U.S. Fleet Forces and U.S. Pacific Fleet utilize standardized practices, certifications and Navy resources to most effectively meet combatant commander requirements and address global contingencies wherever they may arise. With this uniform approach, a Pacific Fleet ship, for example, has the ability to transit into an area of operation traditionally supported by Atlantic Fleet ships and seamlessly perform across the full range of military operations.

Higgins reported on station in the Mediterranean Sea, Sept. 1, following completion of a normal Western transit, which included consecutive operations in the 3rd, 7th, and 5th Fleets.

"Having recently served on the Naval Surface Forces staff, I know how closely the Atlantic and Pacific type commander organizations in Norfolk and San Diego work to build and maintain one standard of naval capability across the entire fleet," said Higgins' commanding officer Cmdr. Carl Meuser. "That close cooperation has translated for us into a smooth transition from 3rd Fleet to 7th Fleet, to 5th Fleet to 6th Fleet. We train to the same standard and to the same mission areas as a ship from Norfolk."

Higgins made its first 6th Fleet port call to Haifa, Israel, Sept. 2. The ship is currently participating in the multinational exercise Jackal Stone 2009 with nine other partner nations. Jackal Stone promotes cooperation and interoperability between special operations forces.

"USS Higgins' current operations are a perfect example of our 'One Fleet' approach to meeting global requirements," said Adm. J. C. Harvey, Jr., commander, U.S. Fleet Forces. "Our common training standards and common operating principles mean that we can fully integrate any ship to support our missions, regardless of homeport. We will see more of this in our future, particularly in Navy ballistic missile defense (BMD) operations."

With a complement of more than 270 sailors and multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities, Higgins is a ready force providing regional security. Throughout this deployment, the Aegis destroyer and crew will conduct various engagements to develop enduring international military partnerships while representing Navy BMD for the United States and its allies.

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