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USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - R - M - D
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle “E“ Ribbon (4) - National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Southwest Asia Service Medal - GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal
Fourth Row: GWOT Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon


"By Valor and Arms"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Long Hull, LAMPS III modified, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 261 / 1979 - 1984
Number in Class: 26 (8, 36-43, 45-61)
Displacement: 3174 tons (std), 4082 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 453' (oa)
Beam: 45.4' (extreme)
Draft: 24' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 41,000 shp; 1 shaft, cp propeller, 325 hp retractable propeller pods
Speed: 29 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots, 5400 nm @ 16 knots
Complement: 13 / 206 (includes 19 man air detachment)
Missiles: 1-Mk 13 Mod 4 launcher, 4 SSM McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon missiles, 36 GDC-Pomona Standard SM-1MR missiles
Guns: 1-Mk 75 3"/62 cal. OTO Melara gun, 1-Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MG's
ASW Weapons: 6-324mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes
Radars: AN/SPS-55 (surface), AN/SPS-49(V)214 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-56, AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (Towed Array)
Elec. Warfare: SLQ-25 Nixie System, SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Countermeasures System
Fire Control Systems: 1 Mk13 Weapon-Direction System, 1 Mk92 weapons FCS, 1 modified SPG-60 STIR radar (Separate Target Illumination Radar)
Helicopter: 2-SH-60 LAMPS III Helicopters, RAST (Recovery, Assistance, Securing and Traversing System) helicopter hauldown system
Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 October 1982: Building contract awarded to the Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 08 February 1985: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., LA Div., San Pedro, Cal.
  • 11 January 1986: Launched and christened by sponsor Mrs. Judy P. Davis (Sgt. Davis' wife)
  • 09 May 1987: Commissioned at Naval Station Long Beach, Cmdr. Craig R. Heckert in command
  • 18 June 1988: Forward deployed, homeport changed to Yokosuka, Japan as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 15 (relieved Lockwood, FF 1064)
  • 01 October 2002: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force at San Diego, Cal.
  • 2005: Reassigned to DesRon 9 at Everett, Wash.
  • 23 January 2015: Decommissioning ceremony held at Naval Station, Everett, Wash. after 27.8 years of service
  • 31 January 2015: Officially decommissioned, struck from the NVR

    "Rodney M. Davis, The Ship"    -    "Rodney M. Davis, The People"

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    Rodney M. Davis 75k Artist's conception of Rodney M. Davis by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the long hulled guided missile frigates ARE available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Rodney M. Davis 67k Rodney Maxwell Davis was born 07 April 1942 to Gordon N. and Ruth A. Davis in Macon, Georgia. Shortly after graduating from Peter G. Appling High School he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 31 August 1961. After recruit training at Parris Island SC, he was transferred to Camp Lejeune NC for individual combat training. He then joined Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune and served as a rifleman until May 1964. While at Camp Lejeune, he was promoted to Pfc and Lance Corporal.

    Lcpl Davis was ordered to London, England for a three year tour of duty as an embassy guard. He was promoted to corporal, and then sergeant in December 1966. Ordered to the Republic of Vietnam in August 1967, he was assigned duty as a Platoon Guide with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. On 06 September 1967 he was operating with his unit in the Quang Nam Province on a search and clear mission during Operation Swift. When attacked by a large enemy force, elements of the platoon were pinned down in a trench line by mortars, heavy automatic and small arms fire. He went from man to man encouraging them on and also returning fire at the same time. An enemy hand grenade fell in the trenches his men were fighting from and without hesitation he threw himself upon the grenade. He saved his fellow Marines in this selfless act and thus earned the nation's highest military decoration: the Medal of Honor.

    USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Rodney M. Davis 219k 08 February 1985: Long Beach, Cal. - The keel laying of the guided missile frigate Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-08600 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
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    Rodney M. Davis 312k 12 March 1985: Long Beach, Cal. - A bow view of Rodney M. Davis at 20 percent completion.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-08602 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 169k 11 January 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - Sponsor Judy P. Davis attends the christening of Rodney M. Davis.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11066 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 154k 11 January 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - Sponsor Judy P. Davis christens Rodney M. Davis. Looking on is Len M. Thorell, general manager of Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11067 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 279k 11 January 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - The guided missile frigate Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) slides down the ways after being launched.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11068 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 203k 11 January 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - Attending the launching of Rodney M. Davis are, from left to right, Ruth Davis; Len M. Thorell, general manager of Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp.; Judy P. Davis, sponsor; and Maj. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., deputy commander, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-11069 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 118k 14 January 1986: post-construction sea trials by Todd Pacific, off San Pedro, Ca. (Official U.S. Navy Photo) James H. Hopper III
    Commander, USN (Ret.)
    Rodney M. Davis 351k 12 July 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - A starboard bow view of Rodney M. Davis at 80 percent completion at the Todd shipyard.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-07987 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
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    Rodney M. Davis 392k 12 July 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - A starboard view of the aft section of Rodney M. Davis. The ship is at 80 percent completion at the Todd shipyard.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-07988 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 359k 18 October 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - A starboard bow view of Rodney M. Davis. The ship is at 90 percent completion at the Todd shipyard.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-08005 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 346k 18 October 1986: Long Beach, Cal. - A starboard quarter view of Rodney M. Davis. The ship is at 90 percent completion at the Todd shipyard.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-08006 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 233k 04 April 1987: off Long Beach, Cal. - A port beam view of Rodney M. Davis underway during sea trials off the coast of Southern California.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-06156 by Joseph Ernest from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 206k 04 April 1987: off Long Beach, Cal. - A starboard quarter view of Rodney M. Davis underway during sea trials off the coast of Southern California.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-06153 by Joseph Ernest from the DVIC)
    Fred Weiss
    Rodney M. Davis 192k 04 April 1987: off Long Beach, Cal. - A port quarter view of Rodney M. Davis underway during sea trials off the coast of Southern California.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-06154 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. from the DVIC)
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    Rodney M. Davis 142k 08 May 1987: Naval Station, Long Beach, Cal. - Ruth Davis, Robert Davis and Judy P. Davis, sponsor, pose for a photograph in front of Rodney M. Davis. The ship will be commissioned the following day, 9 May 1987.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-87-07020 by PH2 Michael D. P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 254k 09 May 1987: Naval Station, Long Beach, Cal. - Guests attend the commissioning of of Rodney M. Davis.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-07019 by PH2 Michael D. P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 113k 09 May 1987: Naval Station, Long Beach, Cal. - A Marine Corps color guard stands at attention during the commissioning of Rodney M. Davis.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-08652 by PH2 Michael D. P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 158k 09 May 1987: Naval Station, Long Beach, Cal. - Crew members stand in formation on the pier during the commissioning of Rodney M. Davis.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-08651 by PH2 Michael D. P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 159k 09 May 1987: Naval Station, Long Beach, Cal. - Judy P. Davis, sponsor, and Ruth Davis honor the flag during the commissioning of Rodney M. Davis.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-87-07011 by PH2 Michael D. P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 164k 09 May 1987: Naval Station, Long Beach, Cal. - Guests board the newly commissioned guided missile frigate Rodney M. Davis as crew members man the rail.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-08647 by PH2 Michael D. P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 113k April 1989: at Hong Kong William Chiu
    Rodney M. Davis 221k 19 May 1989: the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), flagship of the 7th Fleet, flanked by the guided missile cruiser USS Sterett (CG 31), left, and Rodney M. Davis, arriving for a goodwill visit to Shanghai, China).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-93-00168 by JO1 Patrick Winter from the Defense Visual Information Center)
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    Rodney M. Davis 271k 19 May 1989: the Pacific Ocean - Officers and sailors man the rails of the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), flagship of the 7th Fleet, flanked by the guided missile cruiser USS Sterrett (CG 31), left, and Rodney M. Davis, arriving for a goodwill visit to Shanghai, China).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-93-00171 by JO1 Patrick Winter from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 169k 19 May 1989: the Pacific Ocean - Officers and sailors man the rails of the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), flagship of the 7th Fleet, flanked by the guided missile cruiser USS Sterrett (CG 31), left, and Rodney M. Davis, arriving for a goodwill visit to Shanghai, China).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-08182 by JO1 Patrick Winter from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 245k 01 December 1989: Yokosuka, Japan - An aerial view of docked warships. Right to left: the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41), the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), the guided missile frigate Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and the destroyer USS Fife (DD 991).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-07320 by PH3 Adam M. Macdonald from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 127k At Sea, 1990s (U.S. Navy photo #NH 96766-KN from the U.S. Naval Historical Center) Fred Weiss
    Rodney M. Davis 150k 27 January 1992: A crew member raises the national ensign on the stern of Rodney M. Davis as the vessel ties up in port.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-05511 by JO2 Roger Dutcher from the DVIC)
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    Rodney M. Davis 143k 18 August 1992: A port quarter view of Rodney M. Davis departing from port.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-05546 by PH2 Steven Cooke from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 113k 16 May 1993: Bahrain - An aerial view of various U.S. Navy ships moored at the Mina Sulman pier. From front to back are: the guided missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), the guided missile cruiser USS Horne (CG 30), and the destroyer tender USS Cape Cod (AD 43). The replenishment oiler USS Kansas City (AOR 3) is on the left.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05970 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 158k 16 May 1993: Bahrain - An aerial view of various U.S. navy ships moored at the Mina Sulman pier. Included are the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Birmingham (SSN 695), the destroyer tender USS Cape Cod (AD 43), the guided missile cruiser USS Horne (CG 30), the guided missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), the replenishment oiler USS Kansas City (AOR 3), the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13), and the tank landing ship USS Barnstable County (LST 1197).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05971 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 221k 16 May 1993: Bahrain - An overview of various ships docked at Mina Sulman Pier. They include, on right: the destroyer tender USS Cape Cod (AD 43) and the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13). Vessels on the left include the guided missile cruiser USS Horne (CG 30), the guided missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), the fleet oiler USS Kansas City (AOR 3) and the tank landing ship USS Barnstable County (LST 1197).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-06039 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Rodney M. Davis 133k March 1996: The Sea of Oman - Rodney M. Davis photographed during a full-power run. Peter M. Leenhouts
    Captain, USN (Ret.)
    Davis' 6th CO




    These Six Photos are
    all © P.M. Leenhouts
    Rodney M. Davis 179k March 1996: Rodney M. Davis at full power in the Arabian Sea. RMD and her assigned Task Group were enroute the Arabian Gulf for a FIFTH FLEET deployment.
    Rodney M. Davis 356k April 1996: Sea of Oman - Embarked HSL-49 SH-60B watches disengaged side of tanker MV Naomi interdicted by USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) attempting to run the UN blockade of Iraq.
    Rodney M. Davis 151k October 1996: Sagami Wan, off the Japanese mainland - HSL-51 SH-60B helicopter embarked in Rodney M. Davis launches exercise torpedo.
    Rodney M. Davis 282k October 1996: Sagami Wan, off the Japanese mainland - Recovery swimmers maneuver exercise torpedo for recovery following helicopter air drop.
    Rodney M. Davis 126k March 1997: Yokosuka, Japan - Rodney M. Davis in Drydock #5, Yokosuka Navy Base. Ship underwent a brief maintenance period before resuming operations as a Forward Deployed member of Destroyer Squadron 15.
    Rodney M. Davis 189k 20 July 1998: Victoria, B.C. - Rodney M. Davis clearing Victoria Harbor. I took this photo from SS Universe Explorer while we were entering port. John Skillman
    Rodney M. Davis 85k 22 July 2001: The South Pacific - Rodney M. Davis, homeported in Everett, Wash. operates off the coast of Peru during the first ever Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX) with the Peruvian Navy. Rodney M. Davis, along with three other U.S. ships, participated in five days of anti-submarine exercises with four Peruvian diesel submarines.
    (U.S. Navy photo #010722-N-1056B-001 by Lt. Corey Barker from the Navy News Stand)
    Bill Gonyo
    Rodney M. Davis 115k 03 March 2003: Everett, Wash. - "Anchors Aweigh" is played on Scottish bagpipes by a member of the local Tacoma, Washington Fire Department, to honor the sailors aboard Rodney M. Davis as it gets underway. Davis will rendezvous with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) battle group, which recently deployed to the Arabian Gulf region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #030303-N-6477M-075 by PH2 Eli J. Medellin from the Navy News Stand)
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    Rodney M. Davis 156k 03 March 2003: Everett, Wash. - Fire Controlman 2nd Class Dean Shears stands watch as pier sentry watch as the guided missile frigate Rodney M. Davis sets out to sea. The Davis will rendezvous with USS Nimitz (CVN68) Battle Group.
    (U.S. Navy photo #030303-N-6477M-080 by PH2 Eli J. Medellin from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 250k 29 March 2003: South Pacific Ocean - The guided missile frigate Rodney M. Davis steams alongside aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) during a Replenishment as Sea. Nimitz and her Battle Group are scheduled to join other multinational coalition forces conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.
    (U.S. Navy photo #030329-N-2143T-007 by AN Maebel Tinoko from the Navy News Stand)
    Fred Weiss
    Rodney M. Davis 218k 25 May 2005: South China Sea - An SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Lite 45 (HSL-45), Det. 1, flies into the South China Sea sunset after leaving the flight deck aboard the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), following deck landing qualifications. HSL-45 Det. 1 is assigned to the frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) participating in Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) 2005. SEACAT is a weeklong, at sea anti-terrorism exercise in the Philippine and South China Seas.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050525-N-4104L-001 by JOC Melinda Larson from the Navy News Stand)
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    Rodney M. Davis 339k 17 June 2005: Sattahip, Thailand - Sailors aboard Rodney M. Davis man the rails as the ship arrives in Thailand, in support of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2005. CARAT is a regularly scheduled series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asia nations designed to enhance the interoperability of the respective sea services.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050617-N-7783B-004 by PH1 Thomas J. Brennan from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 134k 25 July 2005: Surabaya, Indonesia - Indonesian Marines stand a vigilant watch on the pier in Surabaya, Indonesia following the guided missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis‘s (FFG 60) arrival for the Indonesian phase of Exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training. Davis is participating in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise. CARAT is a regularly scheduled series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asia nations designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050725-N-0493B-010 by Lt. Chuck Bell from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 121k 29 July 2005: South China Sea - Rodney M. Davis comes along side the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harper's Ferry (LSD 49). Harper‘s Ferry and Rodney M. Davis are transiting to Brunei for the 5th phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2005. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050729-N-4772B-007 by JO2 Brian P. Biller from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 98k 01 August 2005: South China Sea - A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) passes by as Rodney M. Davis is transiting to Brunei for the 5th phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2005. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050801-N-4772B-155 by JO2 Brian P. Biller from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 126k 04 August 2005: Maura, Brunei Darussalam - The rescue and salvage ship USS Safeguard (ARS 50) moves into position to come along side the guided missile frigate Rodney M. Davis and the guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) as the commercial port of Maura, Brunei Darussalam. The three ships, along with USS Harper's Ferry (LSD 49), arrived in Brunei 4 August and comprise the exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2005 task group. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050804-N-4104L-025 by JOC Melinda Larson from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 197k 14 August 2005: South China Sea - Rodney M. Davis and USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) practice maneuvering drills in the South China Sea along with the amphibious transport dock ship USS Harper‘s Ferry (LSD 49). The ships are enroute to the Republic of the Philippines for the 6th and final phase of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise series. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance the interoperability of the respective sea services.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050814-N-4104L-014 by JOC Melinda Larson from the Navy News Stand)
    Jack Treutle
    Rodney M. Davis 183k 29 October 2005: Everett, Wash. - Rodney M. Davis returns to her homeport of Naval Station Everett after a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.
    (U.S. Navy photo #051029-N-6477M-183 by PH2 Eli J. Medellin from the Navy News Stand)
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    Rodney M. Davis 182k 26 January 2006: Everett, Wash. - With construction covering complete on the mast, the Perry-class frigate Rodney M. Davis begins its regularly scheduled six-month maintenance availability period. Davis returned from six-month deployment in October 2005.
    (U.S. Navy photo #060126-N-8825R-001 by PH3 Aramis Ramirez from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 91k 28 November 2006: Everett, Wash. - Under a clear blue sky and twenty degree winds the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate Rodney M. Davis pulls away from the pier, at its homeport at Naval Station Everett for a deployment to the Southern Pacific.
    (U.S. Navy photo #061128-N-3390M-001 by MC3 Douglas G. Morrison from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 460k 12 June 2007: Everett, Wash. - Guided-missile frigate Rodney M. Davis prepares to moor pierside at Naval Station Everett after a scheduled counter narcotics operations deployment to the Pacific Ocean. While on deployment, Davis conducted four port visits and confiscated approximately $250 million worth of cocaine from smugglers.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070612-N-3390M-002 by MC3 Douglas G. Morrison from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 80k 21 July 2007: Everett, Wash. - I took these photos of USS Rodney M. Davis while visiting the ship today. She was just back from a drug interdiction deployment off the coast of South America. Note, the missile launcher on the forecastle has been removed, and only one Seahawk helo is normally embarked. (Photos by Larry Backus) Larry Backus
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    Rodney M. Davis 163k 27 June 2008: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Seaman Cesar Sandoval, a native of Houston, Texas, ties a mooring line for the guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) at Naval Staion Pearl Harbor. Rodney M. Davis will participate in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. RIMPAC is the world's largest multinational exercise and is scheduled biennially by the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Participants include the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
    (U.S. Navy photo #080627-N-6430R-143 by MC3 Thomas L. Rosprim from the Navy Newstand)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Rodney M. Davis 138k 07 July 2008: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) transits Pearl Harbor before participating in Rim of the Pacific 2008. RIMPAC is the world's largest multinational exercise and is scheduled biennially by the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Participants include the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
    (U.S. Navy photo #080707-N-1722M-142 by MC1 Michael Moriatis from the Navy Newstand)
    Rodney M. Davis 180k 13 July 2008: the Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) steams in the operating area of Rim-of-the-Pacific 2008. RIMPAC is the world's largest multinational exercise scheduled biennially by the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
    (U.S. Navy photo #080713-N-7949W-084 by MC1 Daniel N. Woods from the Navy Newstand)
    Rodney M. Davis 217k 18 July 2008: the Pacific Ocean - Here is a shot I took of USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) a few days ago during RIMPAC 2008. I'm in the air department supplied by HS-14 out of Atsugi, Japan. Lt. Chris Stevens
    HS-14 Chargers
    Rodney M. Davis 173k 29 July 2008: the Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77), the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer JS Setogiri (DD-156) and Rodney M. Davis steam in formation during a photo exercise for the Rim of the Pacific 2008 exercise. RIMPAC was held off the coast of Hawaii with units from the United States, Australia, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
    (U.S. Navy photo #080729-N-9076B-002 by MCC Don Bray from the Navy News Stand)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Rodney M. Davis 413k 25 July 2014: the Pacific Ocean - The guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), front, USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) and the The Royal New Zealand Navy multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury (L421) transit in formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140725-N-HU377-466 by MC3 Dustin Knight from the Navy News Stand)
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    Rodney M. Davis 502k 29 July 2014: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) returns to Pearl Harbor after conducting the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140729-N-WF272-012 by MC2 Diana Quinlan from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 343k 14 August 2014: the Pacific Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis conducts a live-fire exercise of its MK 38 - 25mm machine gun. Rodney M. Davis, homeported in Everett, Wash., is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140814-N-TW634-252 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 415k 18 August 2014: Agana, Guam - Sailors man the rails aboard Rodney M. Davis as the ship pulls into Guam for a port visit. Rodney M. Davis is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140818-N-TW634-121 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 701k 04 October 2014: the Indian Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) prepares to conduct a replenishment-at-sea. Rodney M. Davis is on patrol in the Indian Ocean in support of regional security and stability.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141004-N-TW634-201 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Ron Reeves
    Rodney M. Davis 480k 04 October 2014: the Indian Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) prepares to conduct a replenishment-at-sea. Rodney M. Davis is on patrol in the Indian Ocean in support of regional security and stability.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141004-N-TW634-183 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
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    Rodney M. Davis 554k 04 October 2014: the Indian Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) for a replenishment-at-sea.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141004-N-TW634-132 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 412k 04 October 2014: the Indian Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Rodney M. Davis prepares to conduct a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199).
    (U.S. Navy photo #141004-N-TW634-304 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 578k 04 October 2014: the Indian Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Rodney M. Davis conducts a replenishment-at-sea the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199).
    (U.S. Navy photos #141004-N-TW634-547, #141004-N-TW634-634 and #141004-N-TW634-493 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
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    Rodney M. Davis 353k 04 October 2014: the Indian Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) moves off after a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199).
    (U.S. Navy photo #141004-N-TW634-675 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 504k 23 October 2014: the Straits of Malacca - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Rodney M. Davis conducts a passing exercise with the Indonesian Navy Sigma-class corvette KRI Sultan Hasanuddin (366). Rodney M. Davis, homeported in Everett, Wash., is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141023-N-TW634-356 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 270k 03 November 2014: the South China Sea - An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Warlords of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 delivers pallets of supplies to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Rodney M. Davis during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) while conducting operations in the South China Sea.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141103-N-TW634-219 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 303k 12 November 2014: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei - Sailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Rodney M. Davis conduct morning colors during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141112-N-YU572-015 by MC1 Jay C. Pugh from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 310k 13 November 2014: the South China Sea - A rigid-hull inflatable boat attached to Rodney M. Davis supports a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141113-N-TW634-787 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 316k 13 November 2014: the South China Sea - Rodney M. Davis fires its Mark 38 25mm machine gun during a gunnery exercise while participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2014.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141113-N-TW634-329 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 395k 13 November 2014: the South China Sea - Rodney M. Davis, top, and the Royal Brunei Navy Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel KDB Darulaman (PV 08) conduct maneuvering exercises while participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei 2014.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141112-N-TW634-513 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 329k 02 December 2014: the Pacific Ocean - Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate Rodney M. Davis take in a span wire during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE-9). Rodney M. Davis is scheduled to be decommissioned in January 2015 and is making its final journey home to the U.S. after completing a patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141202-N-TW634-130 by MC3 Derek A. Harkins from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 588k 19 December 2014: Everett, Wash. - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) returns to homeport at Naval Station Everett. Rodney M. Davis completed its final deployment to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans and will prepare to decommission in 2015.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141219-N-MM360-007 by MC2 Jeffry A. Willadsen from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 324k 19 December 2014: Everett, Wash. - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis moors at Naval Station Everett as she returns from her final deployment to the Pacific and Indian Ocean.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141219-N-MN975-017 by MC2 Justin A. Johndro from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 273k 23 January 2015: Everett, Wash. - Sailors aboard USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) man the rails during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Everett. Rodney M. Davis is being decommissioned after 28 years of naval service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150123-N-WQ574-086 by MC3 Caleb Cooper from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 481k 23 January 2015: Everett, Wash. - Sailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) man the rails during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Everett. Rodney M. Davis, the last frigate based out of Naval Station Everett, is being decommissioned after 28 years of naval service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150123-N-WQ574-080 by MC3 Caleb Cooper from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 213k 23 January 2015: Everett, Wash. - Retired Commander Craig Heckert, the first commanding officer of Rodney M. Davis delivers remarks during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Everett.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150123-N-WQ574-052 by MC3 Caleb Cooper from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 174k 23 January 2015: Everett, Wash. - Lt. Jennifer Fleming, from Anchorage, Alaska, operations officer of Rodney M. Davis salutes as the ship's colors are lowered for the last time during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Everett (NSE). Rodney M. Davis, the last frigate based out of NSE, is being decommissioned after 28 years of naval service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150123-N-DC740-053 by MC2 John Hetherington from Naval Surface Warriors)
    Rodney M. Davis 188k 23 January 2015: Everett, Wash. - Cmdr. Todd E. Whalen, commanding officer of Rodney M. Davis, presents the last national ensign flown aboard the ship underway to Gordon Davis, eldest brother of Sgt. Rodney Maxwell Davis, during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Everett (NSE). Rodney M. Davis, the last frigate based at Everett, is being decommissioned after 28 years of naval service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150123-N-DC740-060 by MC2 John Hetherington from the Navy News Stand)
    Rodney M. Davis 190k 03 February 2017: Bremerton, Wash. - ex-Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) awaits her fate at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Inactive Ship Facility. (Image courtesy of Quillc) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Rodney M. Davis's History
    View the USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Rodney M. Davis' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  09 May 1987 - 01 Apr. 1988Cmdr. Craig Robert Heckert (USNA '68) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    2.)  01 Apr. 1988 - 29 Jun. 1990Cmdr. Peter Garety Roberts (USNA '70)
    3.)  29 Jun. 1990 - 03 Apr. 1992Cmdr.Anthony Joseph Kopacz (prior enl. / NESEP '72) (Cleveland, Oh.)
    4.)  03 Apr. 1992 - 19 Jan. 1994Cmdr. Jacob Lawrence Shuford (NROTC '74) (ret. as Radm.)
    5.)  19 Jan. 1994 - 21 Nov. 1995Cmdr. Dennis Lee Hopkins
    6.)  21 Nov. 1995 - 03 Jul. 1997Cmdr. Peter Matthew Leenhouts (OCS '72) (Oakland, Cal.)
    7.)  03 Jul. 1997 - 04 Feb. 1999Cmdr. Jonathan Everett Will, Sr. (Charleston, S.C.)
    8.)  04 Feb. 1999 - 01 Sep. 2001Cmdr. Thomas Edward Mangold, Jr.
    9.)  01 Sep. 2001 - 31 May 2002Cmdr. Eldridge T. (Tuck) Hord III* (USNA '82) (Kingsport, Tenn.)
    10.) 31 May 2002 - 19 Mar. 2004Cmdr. John Brian Carroll
    11.) 19 Mar. 2004 - 29 Oct. 2005Cmdr. Paul Edward Flood (OCS '86) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    12.) 29 Oct. 2005 - 26 May 2007Cmdr. D. Marc Gordnier (OCS '86) (Galeton, Pa.)
    13.) 26 May 2007 - 19 Nov. 2008Cmdr. James L. Minta (NROTC '88) (New Port Richey, Fla.)
    14.) 19 Nov. 2008 - 29 May 2010Cmdr. Lyle David (Doug) Stuffle (NROTC '90) (Orofino, Id.)
    15.) 29 May 2010 - 18 Nov. 2011Cmdr. Scott Francis Robertson (NROTC '91) (Saranac Lake, N.Y.)
    16.) 18 Nov. 2011 - 24 May 2013Cmdr. Timothy Gibboney (prior enl. / NROTC '94) (Bexley, Oh.)
    17.) 24 May 2013 - 30 Jan. 2015Cmdr. Todd E. Whalen (NROTC '95) (Newport, R.I.)
    18.) 30 Jan. 2015 - 31 Jan. 2015Cmdr. William Shockey Snyder, Jr. (former XO) (USNA '97) (Wheeling, W.V.)

    * Lost At Sea "IN 1908" (Quite A Story!)
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