USS PINCKNEY DDG 91
The Pinckney (DDG 91) is the U.S. Navy's 41st Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is named for Petty Officer 1st Class William Pinckney, one of only four African-Americans to earn the Navy Cross in World War II, for his courageous rescue of a fellow crew member aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV 6) during the Battle of Santa Cruz. After the war, Pinckney left the Navy for a 26-year career in the Merchant Marine. After retiring, he and his wife Henrietta returned to Beaufort, where he died on July 21, 1976, at the age of 61.
June 29, 2002 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Pinckney was christened during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss. Ms. Henrietta Middleton Pinckney served as sponsor for the ship named for her husband. Cmdr. Robert M. Byron is the prospective commanding officer. The ship was launched from a floating dry-dock on June 26.
May 29, 2004 USS Pinckney was commissioned during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif.
June 17, Cmdr. James J. Malloy relieved Cmdr. Robert M. Byron as CO of the Pinckney.
February 24, 2006 USS Pinckney returned to San Diego after a five-month maiden deployment to the western Pacific. The ship made port visits to Apra Harbor, Guam; Singapore; Brisbane, Australia, (Jan. 23-2?); Sydney (Jan. 30- Feb. ?); Fiji; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While in Guam, she became the first guided-missile destroyer to refuel and replenish the Mark Five (MK V), a high-performance combatant craft used by Navy SEALs. It was also the first DDG to embark two HH-60H Seahawk helicopters with their detachment, 20 Marine Corps personnel of a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) detachment and a five-person surgical team, for an exercise simulating an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) in support of the GWOT.
April 8, Cmdr. John C. Peterschmidt relieved Cmdr. James J. Malloy as CO of the Pinckney.
July 25, 28 Ships and submarines, including DDG 91, concluded the exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006.
September 30, The Pinckney is currently participating in San Diego Fleet Week Sea and Air Parade.
April 2, 2007 USS Pinckney departed San Diego, with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group, in support of operations in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.
July 2, DDG 91 pulled into Chennai, India, for a scheduled port call.
July 13, USS Pinckney recently arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore to participate in the fourth-phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2007 exercise.
August 13, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in exercise Valiant Shield 2007, off the coast of Guam.
September 30, USS Pinckney returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.
November 9, Cmdr. Danniel M. Brintzinghoffer relieved Cmdr. John C. Peterschmidt as commanding officer of DDG 91.
March 11, 2008 USS Pinckney hosted seven civilian guests for a day-long embark as part of the Leaders to Sea (LTS) program. The ship will host three additional days of LTS from March 12-14, including two days in coordination with the Navy Office of Community Outreach.
July 8, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 exercise.
October 12, The Pinckney pulled into San Francisco for the Fleet Week celebration.
May 22, 2009 Cmdr. Errin P. Armstrong relieved Cmdr. Danniel M. Brintzinghoffer as the 5th CO of USS Pinckney.
July 31, USS Pinckney departed San Diego for a western Pacific and Middle East deployment, as part of the Nimitz CSG.
January 31, 2010 DDG 91 anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit.
February 7, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a port to Kuala Lumpur.
February 28, The Pinckney arrived in Tokushima, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.
March 8, USS Pinckney joined U.S. Coast Guard-led efforts to monitor and deter illegal fishing in the western and Central Pacific.
March 26, USS Pinckney returned to Naval Base San Diego after an extended eight-month deployment.
October 8, DDG 91 arrived in San Francisco to participate in the city's 30th annual Fleet Week celebration.
October 16, Cmdr. Matthew M. McGonigle relieved Cmdr. Errin P. Armstrong as CO of the Pinckney.
May 12, 2011 The Pinckney is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California.
July 29, USS Pinckney departed San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment, as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG.
September 7, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Changi Naval Base for a port visit to Singapore.
September 23, The Pinckney recently anchored in Patong Bay for a visit to Phuket, Thailand.
September 29, USS Pinckney, along with USS Dewey (DDG 105), arrived in Muara, Brunei, for a six-day port visit before participating in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2011.
October 17, DDG 91 pulled into Incheon, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit.
October 28, The Pinckney recently arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine port call.
November 11, USS Pinckney anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a three-day port visit.
December 19, USS Pinckney, currently assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, disrupted a group of suspected pirates close to the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), south of Yemen.
January 26, 2012 The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Changi Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to Singapore.
February 27, USS Pinckney returned to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.
April 11, The Pinckney commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
April 14, Cmdr. Benjamin R. Nicholson relieved Cmdr. Matthew M. McGonigle as commanding officer of DDG 91.
January 30, 2013 USS Pinckney recently moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., to onload ammunition.
April 19, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif., for a six-day combat systems and deck groom with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), in preparation for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.
September 6, Cmdr. Frank E. Okata relieved Cmdr. Benjamin R. Nicholson as the 8th CO of Pinckney during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego's Pier 10.
November 18, USS Pinckney completed a two-week Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) and Group Sail operations with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG.
January 7, 2014 USS Pinckney departed homeport for a scheduled independent deployment.
January 29, The Pinckney recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
February 7, DDG 91 moored at Pier 15, Manila South Harbour in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port visit.
February 17, USS Pinckney anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.
March 9, The Pinckney arrived off southern coast of Vietnam to assist in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.