USS Pinckney
"Proud to Serve"
Chief Damage Controlman Dalena Hill and husband Aaron Hill grill chicken for guests and crew during a steel beach picnic March 4 on the flight deck of USS Pinckney (DDG 91).

USS Pinckney (DDG 91) welcomed aboard 97 family members and friends for a family day cruise March 4.

The day at sea allowed family and friends to catch a glimpse into their Sailors’ lives underway and showcased a few warfare exercises to show the crew’s appreciation for their extended Pinckney family.

Pinckney’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Ben Oakes, welcomed all the guests, and the ship’s mascot, Baggs the Beaver, demonstrated how to properly transit up and down ladders. Baggs even posed for pictures with some of the kids.

“Our family and friends are an important part of our Pinckney team, and the love and support you provide play a critical role in the combat effectiveness of our great ship,” said Oakes to the guests. “It is a pleasure to be able to share a great surface Navy day with you today.”

Many of the guests attended the early morning navigation brief to get a better understanding of how their sailors prepare to get the ship underway. As Pinckney left Naval Base San Diego, the family and friends finally got to see their sailors in action as the crew safely transited the harbor to open ocean.

Later in the day, the crew conducted live-fire gunnery exercises and a high speed run. Guests also enjoyed donning damage control equipment and manning a fire hose as part of a DC demonstration. The ship’s MWR team and chiefs’ mess also put together a steel beach picnic on the flight deck with grilled barbecue and games.

The day ended with a transit back through the channel, with the setting sun to starboard and the San Diego skyline to port.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what my son does while out at sea,” said Deisa Hackney, a Pinckney parent who traveled from Manchester, Ohio, for this cruise. “I am impressed how professional everyone is and I’m grateful for this experience.”

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