Story Number: NNS140320-08Release Date: 3/20/2014 10:03:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay Pugh, Commander, Task Force 73 Public Affairs
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Cindy Thebuad, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific conducted an all hands call aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, March 19.
Pinckney pulled into Singapore for a routine maintenance availability after participating in search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
"The willingness of the U.S. Navy to detach from their current missions and assist in search and rescue operations is a huge testimony to the versatility of our Navy and the readiness of Pinckney," said Thebaud.
Thebaud noted that Pinckney's recent efforts highlighted the U.S. Navy's role in supporting security and stability in Southeast Asia and enhancing cooperation and response capabilities of all regional navies. Pinckney was diverted from a training mission in the South China Sea to search for signs of the missing aircraft March 9.
"We prepare for anything, and when called upon to do so, we do it with aplomb," said Thebaud. "The U.S. Navy promotes prosperity, stability and security on the high seas."
Following her remarks, Thebaud held a question and answer session with the crew. She fielded questions about the logistical challenges of operating in Southeast Asia, anti-piracy missions, global and regional implications of Malaysia Airlines MH370, missions and capabilities of the littoral combat ships and operating forward. She then hosted a women's leadership seminar in the wardroom.
"She touched especially on how important our presence in Southeast Asia is to promote maritime security," said Lt. j.g. Jenine Campbell.
Campbell stressed the emotional impact that missing flight MH370 had on the crew.
"This was a global problem. A lot of our Sailors called loved ones back home and all felt committed to the search and rescue mission. It was a mission that touched the crew's heart and it had all of their support," said Campbell.
COMLOG WESTPAC is the U.S. 7th Fleet's provider of combat-ready logistics, operating government-owned and contracted ships to keep units throughout 7th Fleet armed, fueled, and fed. Additionally, COMLOG WESTPAC is 7th Fleet's Theater Security Cooperation agent for South and Southeast Asia.
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