On Feb. 17, 1994, the Secretary of the Navy announced a new Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer would be named for Col. Higgins.
The USS HIGGINS (DDG76) was christened and launched on Oct. 4,1997, at Bath Iron Works in Maine. It was commissioned Apr. 24, 1999 in Ft. Lauderdale, and is homeported in San Diego.
The USS HIGGINS has won numerous awards and decorations, and was instrumental in Operation Iraqi Freedom.