USS Higgins honors 1983 Beirut barracks bombing victims
OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT -Twenty-six nautical miles off the coast of Beirut crew members aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) paused to remember the lives lost 26 years ago during the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing.
OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT -- The crew of USS Higgins (DDG 76) stand in formation on the flight deck twenty-six nautical miles off the shores of Beirut during a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those killed in the barracks bombing of Oct. 23, 1983.  Higgins, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is homeported out of San Diego, Calif. and is currently operating in the 6th Fleet area of operations and is participating in the U.S.-Israeli bilateral exercise Juniper Cobra 10 (JC 10). JC 10, held every two years, is the fifth iteration of its kind and is designed to test the active missile-defense capabilities of both armed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes)
2 photos: OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT -- The crew of USS Higgins (DDG 76) stand in formation on the flight deck twenty-six nautical miles off the shores of Beirut during a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those k
Photo 1 of 2: OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT -- The crew of USS Higgins (DDG 76) stand in formation on the flight deck twenty-six nautical miles off the shores of Beirut during a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those killed in the barracks bombing of Oct. 23, 1983. Higgins, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is homeported out of San Diego, Calif. and is currently operating in the 6th Fleet area of operations and is participating in the U.S.-Israeli bilateral exercise Juniper Cobra 10 (JC 10). JC 10, held every two years, is the fifth iteration of its kind and is designed to test the active missile-defense capabilities of both armed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes) Download full-resolution version
OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT — With the crew in formation on the flight deck, Cmdr. Carl W. Meuser, commanding officer of USS Higgins (DDG 76), and Master Chief Bobby Maddox, command master chief onboard Higgins, lay a wreath in the sea twenty-six nautical miles off the shores of Beirut in honor of those killed in the barracks bombing Oct. 23, 1983. Higgins, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is homeported out of San Diego, Calif. and is currently operating in the 6th Fleet area of operations and is participating in the U.S.-Israeli bilateral exercise Juniper Cobra 10 (JC 10). JC 10, held every two years, is the fifth iteration of its kind and is designed to test
the active missile-defense capabilities of both armed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes)
2 photos: OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT — With the crew in formation on the flight deck, Cmdr. Carl W. Meuser, commanding officer of USS Higgins (DDG 76), and Master Chief Bobby Maddox, command master chief onb
Photo 2 of 2: OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT — With the crew in formation on the flight deck, Cmdr. Carl W. Meuser, commanding officer of USS Higgins (DDG 76), and Master Chief Bobby Maddox, command master chief onboard Higgins, lay a wreath in the sea twenty-six nautical miles off the shores of Beirut in honor of those killed in the barracks bombing Oct. 23, 1983. Higgins, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is homeported out of San Diego, Calif. and is currently operating in the 6th Fleet area of operations and is participating in the U.S.-Israeli bilateral exercise Juniper Cobra 10 (JC 10). JC 10, held every two years, is the fifth iteration of its kind and is designed to test the active missile-defense capabilities of both armed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes) Download full-resolution version
OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT -- The crew of USS Higgins (DDG 76) stand in formation on the flight deck twenty-six nautical miles off the shores of Beirut during a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those killed in the barracks bombing of Oct. 23, 1983.  Higgins, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is homeported out of San Diego, Calif. and is currently operating in the 6th Fleet area of operations and is participating in the U.S.-Israeli bilateral exercise Juniper Cobra 10 (JC 10). JC 10, held every two years, is the fifth iteration of its kind and is designed to test the active missile-defense capabilities of both armed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes)
OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT — With the crew in formation on the flight deck, Cmdr. Carl W. Meuser, commanding officer of USS Higgins (DDG 76), and Master Chief Bobby Maddox, command master chief onboard Higgins, lay a wreath in the sea twenty-six nautical miles off the shores of Beirut in honor of those killed in the barracks bombing Oct. 23, 1983. Higgins, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is homeported out of San Diego, Calif. and is currently operating in the 6th Fleet area of operations and is participating in the U.S.-Israeli bilateral exercise Juniper Cobra 10 (JC 10). JC 10, held every two years, is the fifth iteration of its kind and is designed to test
the active missile-defense capabilities of both armed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes)

OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT — Twenty-six nautical miles off the coast of Beirut crew members aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76) paused to remember the lives lost 26 years ago during the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing.

Killed in the attack were 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers when a truck bomb exploded in the American barracks located on the Beirut International Airport. During the ceremony aboard Higgins, sailors rendered honors and Higgins' Commanding Officer Cmdr. Carl Meuser offered words of reflection.

"Today we pause to proudly salute 241 brave men who went to the shores of Lebanon and absorbed the blow for the cause of a just peace," he said. "It is a cause that is worthy of our best service, and it is worth the sacrifices that we have and ultimately may be asked to make."

The honors rendered to the bombing victims were then followed by a wreath-laying to commemorate Marine Col. William R. "Rich" Higgins, the ship's namesake. Col. Higgins was captured in 1988 while serving on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. He was held hostage, tortured and eventually murdered by his captors. "We serve upon a ship named for a brave man, murdered upon the not-distant shores off which we sail," said Meuser, during the wreath-laying. "We serve, as he did, the cause of a more just and peaceful future around the globe, and our service to that cause in this corner of the world is coincidental. We take the opportunity afforded by that coincidence to honor the memory of Colonel Rich Higgins. We cannot change the events of the past, but we can draw from the past the most noble, courageous and selfless standards set by such men as Colonel Higgins."

The guided-missile destroyer is currently on a scheduled deployment in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently participating in the U.S.-Israeli bilateral exercise Juniper Cobra 10 (JC10). JC10, held every two years, is the fifth iteration of its kind and is designed to test the active missile-defense capabilities of both armed forces.

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