USS PINCKNEY is the 13th Flight IIA ARLEIGH BURKE - class guided missile destroyer and the first ship in the Navy named after Navy Cook Third Class William Pinckney, (1915-1975), recipient of the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crewmember onboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CV 6) during the Battle of Santa Cruz.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: March 6, 1998|
|Keel laid: July 16, 2001|
|Launched: June 26, 2002|
|Commissioned: May 29, 2004|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|Length: 508,5 feet (155 meters)|
|Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)|
|Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 9,200 tons full load|
|Speed: 32 knots|
|Aircraft: two SH-60 (LAMPS 3) helicopters|
|Armament: one Mk-45 5"/62 caliber lightweight gun, two Mk-41 VLS for Standard missiles and Tomahawk ASM/LAM, one 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two Mk-32 triple torpedo tubes for Mk-50 and Mk-46 torpedoes, two Mk 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun systems|
|Homeport: San Diego, Calif.|
|Crew: approx. 320|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PINCKNEY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship’s Name:
USS PINCKNEY is named after Navy Cook Third Class William Pinckney, (1915-1975), recipient of the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crewmember onboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CV 6) during the Battle of Santa Cruz. When an explosion killed four of the six men at his battle station in an ammunition handling room, Pinckney and the other surviving sailor attempted to exit through a hatch to the hangar deck above. When the other man grasped the scorching hatch, he fell back unconscious. Despite the suffocating smoke, flames, and gasoline fumes surrounding him, Pinckney carried the sailor to safety. For his selfless heroism, Pinckney was awarded the Navy Cross.
USS PINCKNEY Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by me and shows the PINCKNEY departing Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 10, 2008.
The photos below were taken by Thomas Heinrich and show the PINCKNEY at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 21, 2009.
The photos below were taken by me. The first photo shows the PINCKNEY departing Pearl Harbor, Hi., on her way to the US West Coast on March 20, 2010. The last three photos show the PINCKNEY arriving at San Diego, Calif., on March 26, 2010, after an extended 8-month deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.