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USS Pinckney, USS Kidd return from deployment

Guided missile destroyers USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) are scheduled to return to Naval Base San Diego Aug. 21 following completion of separate deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Kidd and Pinckney were conducting training and maritime security operations in the South China Sea when called upon to assist in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 in the Indian Ocean. Both ships employed their embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to conduct search operations looking for the missing aircraft.

The embarked helicopters, based at Naval Air Station North Island, were able to expand their search area to approximately 1,500 square miles per day.

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