Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Visits USS RODNEY M. DAVIS
Everett, WA - While pier side in Everett, WA the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60) welcomed aboard Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Admiral Cecil D. Haney on May 2nd.
The visit occurred during Admiral Haney’s recent trip to Naval Station Everett. He was getting a firsthand look pacific command facilities and the ongoing efforts of his sailors to prepare during a fiscally constrained environment. Meeting with the Commodore of Destroy Squadron Nine, Capt. Mark A. Johnson, and the Commanding Officer of USS Rodney M. Davis, Cmdr. Timothy Gibboney, Haney discussed the Navy's need to expand its thinking. Topics included the ever-changing challenges faced by U.S. forces in the Pacific as well as the potential impact of the new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) being forward deployed to Singapore. LCS is the planned replacement for the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of frigates, scheduled for decommissioning in the next decade.
Cmdr. Gibboney led a short tour of the ship concluding in the wardroom where Haney fielded questions from several officers and challenged them to always be alert, keeping up their questioning attitude and focusing on the fundamentals of warfighting while politicians craft the financial strategy to ensure ships like Rodney M. Davis are manned, trained and equipped.
"It is a difficult task you have in front of you, maintaining a warship while keeping up your skills as sailors. You have to be vigilant at all times." said Haney.
He then proceeded to the flight deck for an all hands call, where he pinned three awards and spoke to the crew about the future service of their ship while praising the crew for the sacrifices they have endured providing extensive upkeep critical to keeping the ship fit to fight in service to the nation.
"If you look at the changes that have happened in our world just since this ship was built, you will be totally amazed. But the ship and her crew have always risen to the occasion. I know you will be ready for whatever is ahead of you." said Haney.
Homeported out of Everett, Wash., Rodney M. Davis’ is engaged in completing a rigorous shipyard availability geared at essential repairs and upgrades to provide continued service to the fleet in any area of operation in which she may be called upon to serve.