Twenty grenades have gone missing from the San Diego-based Destroyer Pinckney, according to a Navy official. According to Naval Surface Forces Pacific spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Haggard, it was discovered that the concussion grenades were missing from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer during an inventory inspection. The NavyTimes has reported that the missing grenades are non-lethal concussion grenades.
“While conducting an inventory accounting review during a Shipboard Explosive Safety Inspection, USS Pinckney (DDG 91) Sailors discovered ordnance was missing,” Haggard said. “Immediately after determining the missing inventory could not be otherwise accounted for, the ship conducted two subsequent comprehensive ship-wide inventories and found no other discrepancies. The ship contacted the chain of command and NCIS to initiate an investigation,” Haggard said in a statement to the NavyTimes.
Anti-terrorism force protection policy prevents Haggard from identifying the details of the items that have gone missing. Haggard would not confirm or deny that the missing ordnance was 20 grenades, citing the anti-terrorism force protection policy.
An investigation has been launched while the ship is undergoing pier-side maintenance.