Commander Naval Surface Forces Visits USS Rodney M Davis 
By Lt. j.g. Daniel Denton, USS Rodney M. Davis Public Affairs 

EVERETT - Commander Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. Thomas Copeman, visited USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) May 1 as the ship prepares for a deployment to the Western Pacific.

Copeman spoke to the ship’s wardroom and Chief Petty Officer’s mess about developments in the Surface Warfare community, including Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) technology and changes to officer and enlisted professional training.

Ensign Lance Wright, the ship’s First Lieutenant, said he is “excited to see what new assignments and careers come with new technologies like the LCS and Ballistic Missile Defense.”

Fleet Master Chief Brannon Knox accompanied Vice Admiral Copeman and spoke with Rodney M Davis Chief Petty Officers. Master Chief Knox discussed deckplate leadership standards and expectations, Chief Petty Officer training and professional development, and FFG manning challenges.

Boatswain’s Mate Chief Petty Officer Alvin Vinarao said that he “appreciated hearing the conversation about force priorities” as the ship prepares for deployment.

USS Rodney M Davis is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Nine in Everett, WA and is conducting a Continuous Maintenance Availability at Naval Station Everett.

For more information and photos, please visit www.davis.navy.mil or www.facebook.com/USSRodneyMDavis.

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