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At sea with USS Higgins (DDG 76) Oct. 18, 2002 -- A Standard Missile Two (SM-2), Block IVA is fired from the guided missile destroyer during a live missile fire exercise.  Higgins is part of the USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group, which is conducting operations in support of a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) prior to its scheduled six-month deployment.  Live fire operations gives the ship's crew the experience of launching operational weapons and honing their war-fighting skills.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Rebecca J. Moat.  (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
October 18, 2002
Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Rebecca J. Moat
Caption Writer
Mr. C.J. Madden, Director, NVNS
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
DDG 76
Other Visible Equipment
Standard Missile (SM-2) firing
Plane Number
Not available
Not available
Tail Code
Not available
Not available