USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG-60) June port call
- Ahoy All,The USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) is scheduled to make a San Francisco Bay Area port call June 11-14. Navy League councils will be involved in various host events - a reception, a crew BBQ, dinners in San Francisco, etc. Additional information will be promulgated when confirmed; the League's primary contact is Julio Blea.Anchors Aweigh,PhelpsPhelps Hobart, Senior Vice PresidentPacific Central Region, NLUS
USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG-60)
USS RODNEY M. DAVIS is the last of the OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class frigate and the 18th ship in that class built by Todd, San Pedro.
General Characteristics: Awarded: October 28, 1982 Keel laid: February 8, 1985 Launched: January 11, 1986 Commissioned: May 9, 1987 Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Ca. Propulsion system: two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines, two 350 Horsepower Electric Drive Auxiliary Propulsion Units Propellers: one Blades on each Propeller: five Length: 453 feet (135.9 meters) Beam: 45 feet (13.5 meters) Draft: 24,6 feet (7.5 meters) Displacement: 4,100 tons Speed: 28+ knots Aircraft: two SH-60 Sea Hawk (LAMPS 3) Armament: one Mk 75 76mm/62 caliber rapid firing gun, MK 32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Phalanx CIWS Homeport: Everett, Wash. Crew: 17 Officers and 198 Enlisted
The ship was homeported at Yokosuka, Japan for several years while assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15. As of 2005, Rodney M. Davis is homeported at NS Everett, Washington, and assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9.
For more on the ship see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Rodney_M._Davis.
Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy. The heraldic grenade represents the enemy grenade upon which Sergeant Rodney Maxwell Davis (USMC) threw himself when it landed in the midst of his platoon in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 6 September 1967. The grenade, with chevrons representing sergeant's stripes, placed on a pale suggesting containment, further symbolizes his brave action which saved the lives of many of his fellow Marines and enabled the platoon to hold its ground.
The heraldic pelican, believed in antiquity to wound her breast with her long curved bill in order to draw blood for the purpose of feeding her young, is symbolic of Sergeant Davis' selfless act by which he gave his life to save others. The light blue collar with a suspended gold inverted star alludes to the Medal of Honor awarded to him for his heroic act. The sprig of bamboo signifies South Vietnam where Sergeant Davis fought and died.About the frigates name Sergeant Rodney Maxwell Davis:Sergeant Rodney M. Davis, USMC was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam in August 1967. He was assigned duty as a Platoon Guide with Company "B", First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division. He was operating with his unit in the Quang Nam Province on a search and clear mission during Operation SWIFT, when they were attacked by a large North Vietnamese 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.
His medals and decorations include: the Purple Heart; the Good Conduct Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Vietnam Service Medal; the Military Merit Medal; the Gallantry Cross with Palm; and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Semper Fi