US missile-destroyer with 10 Fil-Ams arriving Friday


Posted at Feb 05 2014 08:12 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2014 04:14 AM

MANILA - The USS Pinckney (DDG 91), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, will arrive in Manila on Friday.

Of the 300 sailors of USS Pinckney, 10 are Filipino-American.

In a statement from the US Embassy in Manila, the visit highlights the “strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines. “

Since it will be on a port call, the staff and crew will also replenish supplies and relax and enjoy the country.

The USS Pinckney is part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and is homeported in San Diego, Calif.

The Pinckney is commanded by Cdr. Frank E. Okata, the US Embassy said.

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.

The visit comes amid recent calls for China to ease aggressive actions policies over the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines is a close ally of the US.

In an interview with The New York Times, President Aquino talked about the similarities between China's actions and Adolf Hitler's moves in World War 2.

Desperate to avoid war in the 1930s, the world powers agreed to give Germany the strategic Sudetenland in order that Hitler will no longer demand more territories across Europe. Sudetenland was then part of Czechoslovakia, which Hitler wanted to dominate.

The US and the Philippines are also discussing a new deal for stronger presence of American soldiers here.