USS Pinckney

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USS Pinckney (foreground) with Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon (F102)
USS Pinckney (foreground) sails alongside the Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón
United States
Name: USS Pinckney
Namesake: William Pinckney
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 16 July 2001
Launched: 26 June 2002
Commissioned: 29 May 2004
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Motto: Proud to Serve
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Pinckney DDG-91 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: >30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 x SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Pinckney (DDG-91) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for African American Officer's Cook First Class William Pinckney (1915–1976),[1] who received the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crewmember on board the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV-6) during the Battle of Santa Cruz.

Pinckney was laid down on 16 July 2001 by Ingalls Shipbuilding, at Pascagoula, Mississippi; launched on 26 June 2002; and commissioned on 29 May 2004 at Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme.

As of January 2018, Pinckney is homeported at NS San Diego, and assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9.[2]

Ship history[edit]

USS Pinckney made her maiden deployment September 2005. During this deployment, she made port visits to Guam, Singapore, Australia, Fiji and Hawaii. During this deployment, Pinckney became the first ever guided missile destroyer to refuel and replenish the Mark Five (MK V) high-performance combatant craft. She returned home after five months underway on 24 February 2006.[3]

On 16 February 2007, Pinckney was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[4]

Pinckney departed San Diego on 2 April 2007 along with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz for a 6-month deployment. She returned home on 30 September 2007.[5]

On 8 March 2014, Pinckney was diverted from a training mission in the South China Sea, to the southern coast of Vietnam, to help search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.[6]


USS Pinckney has been awarded the Navy Battle "E" several times

  • 01-Jan-2006 31-Dec-2006 [7]


  1. ^ "William Pinckney". United States Navy. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Carrier Strike Group Eleven". U.S. Navy. 2010. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  3. ^ USS Pinckney Returns From Historic Deployment Archived 22 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine.. U.S. Navy
  4. ^ Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E". U.S. Navy
  5. ^ "Pinckney Returns Home". US Navy. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Missing Malaysia plane: Search area widened". BBC. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  7. ^ [1]

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