US missile destroyer on Manila port call


USS Pinckney (DDG 91), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, arrived in Manila on Friday, for a routine port call that highlights the strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Philippines.

The visit is aimed to replenish supplies and provide rest and relaxation for the ship crew. USS Pinckney are very eager to strengthen their understanding of a country with strong historical ties to the United States, according to a US embassy statement.

USS Pinckney is part of the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported in San Diego, California. Pinckney is commanded by Cdr. Frank E. Okata and crewed by approximately 300 sailors, of whom about 10 are Filipino-American.

The ship is named for Cook First Class William Pinckney, who received the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crewmember on board the USS Enterprise during World War II.


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