2 Navy destroyers leaving San Diego homeport for deployment Tuesday
Friday, January 3, 2014
The guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd and USS Pinckney are scheduled to leave San Diego for independent deployments on Tuesday, the Navy announced Friday.
The 300 sailors on each ship will take part in maritime security operations and conduct exercises with ships of allied navies.
"USS Kidd has spent the last year preparing for our upcoming deployment by completing all basic and intermediate training phase requirements," said Cmdr. Gabriel Varela, the commanding officer. "Kidd is looking forward to a deployment in the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility and working closely with our friends and allies in the region."
The Seventh Fleet is responsible for the Western Pacific and Indian oceans.
"The Pinckney crew is looking forward to continuing the fine reputation that the ship and Navy have established throughout the world," said Cmdr. Frank Okata, its commanding officer. "While each and every sailor on board will look forward to being reunited with family and friends, we are steadfast in our commitment to serving the nation."
The Kidd honors Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, who was killed aboard the battleship USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.
The Pinckney is named for Cook First Class William Pinckney, a World War II combat veteran who received the Navy Cross for his rescue of a fellow crew member onboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise during the Battle of Santa Cruz in October 1942.
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