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Pinckney Returns Home

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Story Number: NNS071003-02
Release Date: 10/3/2007 11:28:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew N. Jackson, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) returned home after completing a six-month deployment with Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Sept. 30.

Pinckney provided support for Nimitz CSG, which conducted several exercises and operations throughout Southeast Asia in support of the global war on terrorism.

“The primary mission for Pinckney during this deployment was to conduct exercises with partner nations that included Singapore, Malaysia and India,” said Cmdr. Chris Peterschmidt, Pinckney’s commanding officer. “We also helped the rest of the strike group complete their goals.”

Through various exercises, Pinckney strengthened ties with partner nations’ navies.

“We completed several counter-terrorism exercises with friends and allies in Southeast Asia,” said Pinckney Command Master Chief (SW) Robert Longworth. “Working with the Singapore navy during an exercise was a highlight of the deployment for me.”

Peterschmidt praised Pinckney Sailors for their efforts and accomplishments during the deployment.

“I’m most proud of the crew’s flexibility, sense of purpose and pride they had for our ship, the Navy and our country. They really believed in what they were doing, and it showed in their efforts.”

Nimitz CSG, commanded by Rear Adm. Terry Blake, was comprised of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, Carrier Air Wing 11 and Destroyer Squadron 23. It included the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68); guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59); guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and Pinckney; two detachments from the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49, the “Scorpions,” and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Det. 15.

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