The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Pinckney (DDG-91) completed a successful mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) in Duqm, Oman on Sept. 6.
The eight-day port visit allowed the crew and contractors to conduct vital repairs and maintenance as well as give Sailors constructive time away from the ship.
“The purpose of Pinckney’s port visit to Al Duqm was two-fold,” said Cmdr. Frank Walter, commanding officer of Pinckney. “When a ship is underway for a long period of time there will inevitably be repairs that need to be accomplished that cannot be done underway. Our visit to Duqm was also an opportunity to experience the culture of Oman and to establish America’s relationship with one of the most important countries of the region.”
Duqm is strategically located near the Strait of Hormuz, a key naval chokepoint. The Navy’s interest and investment in Duqm is helping to contribute to regional stability.
“Our visit to Al Duqm ensured that Pinckney will be able to carry out helicopter search and rescue missions safely, counter-piracy efforts and ensure the main engines are in top condition,” said Walter. “This MDVR ensured that Pinckney is ‘Ready to Go, Trained to Fight, Proud to Serve’ towards any mission that is asked of this ship. The critical repairs accomplished in Duqm made sure that we are able to serve proudly and come home safely.”
Port facilities and services in Duqm have expanded in recent years offering U.S. naval warships deployed in the 5th Fleet area of operations, a wider range of maintenance and logistics capabilities.
“The city of Duqm is still growing,” said Walter. “But despite its small size, the local people showed Pinckney Sailors the true spirit of Oman.”
Pinckney’s morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) staff coordinated events and transportation to visit local resorts providing access to the beach and swimming pool, local cuisine and the Omani culture.
“The crew needed some rest and relaxation after being out to sea for more than 60 days,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Laneka Scott. “The crew took full advantage of being able to reset from the repetitiveness of days out to sea. We all feel refreshed and ready to continue our mission in 5th Fleet.”
Pinckney is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Craig Z. Rodarte, USS Pinckney (DDG-91) Public Affairs