"BY VALOR AND ARMS"
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.
The complete coat of arms as described above, on a white field enclosed by a dark blue border edged on the outside with a continuous gold rope and inscribed in gold with the words USS RODNEY M. DAVIS at the top and FFG 60 below.
HISTORY OF THE USS RODNEY M DAVIS
USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is a ship of the United States Navy named for Marine Sergeant Rodney M. Davis (1942–1967), who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Vietnam War.
Rodney M. Davis was laid down on 28 October 1982 by the Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Ca.; launched on 11 January 1986; and commissioned on 9 May 1987.
The ship was homeported at Yokosuka, Japan for several years while assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15. As of 2005, Rodney M. Davis is home ported at NS Everett, Washington, and assigned to Destroyer Squadron 9.
On 28 April 2001 a LEDET assigned to the Rodney M. Davis, with later assistance from the US Coast Guard Cutter Active (based in Port Angeles, WA) made the largest cocaine seizure in maritime history when they boarded and seized the Belizean F/V Svesda Maru 1,500 miles south of San Diego. The fishing vessel was carrying 26,931 pounds of cocaine.
In the summer of 2005, Davis participated in the 11th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises designed to enhance cooperative working partnerships with several Southeast Asian nations. Ensuring freedom of the seas by increasing maritime security efforts in the region is a primary focus of the CARAT series.
In the summer of 2006, with the help of the crew from the Rodney M. Davis, 11 tons of creosote logs were removed from the beaches of NAVMAG Indian Island. The project was completed with no labor cost, due to the support of the Davis crew on this shoreline enhancement project. Removal of creosote contaminant source from the beaches enhances shoreline habitat and marine water quality.
Davis departed Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett for a deployment to the Southern Pacific Nov. 28, 2006.
On March 3, 2007, Sailors from Davis participated in two community relations (COMREL) projects during the ship’s visit to Panama in February. The Davis Sailors' COMREL efforts included visits to local orphanages and maintenance/improvements at a library in the Cinco de Mayo district of the city. Sailors spent their day cleaning, repairing, and painting chairs and cabinets at the Eusebio Morales Library. Five more Davis sailors visited a local orphanage, Hogar Divino Nino, to spend time with infants and toddler orphans to give them some much needed human contact. The Davis sailors took diapers, formula, baby wipes and other child care supplies to aid the staff at the orphanage. The two groups reassembled at another orphanage, Nutre Hogar, to hand out Spanish-language Disney movies to the children, which were part of a generous donation made through the Jacksonville, Fla., area office of the United Service Organizations (USO).
Davis completed her transit of the Panama Canal on March 25, 2007 from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
The Sailors of Davis completed their third community relations (COMEL) project in Panama City, Panama on April 3, 2007. During the ship’s three-day port visit, 21 members of the crew spent a day helping to improve Hogar Nuevo Pacto, a home for abused children in Panama City. The crew raised $1,100 in donations to pay for supplies and improvements for the home. Davis sailors bought equipment to repaint the inside of the house, as well as groceries, new shower curtains, bed sheets, and light fixtures for the children’s living areas. The home, previously U.S. military housing, was greatly in need of some modernization and assistance from able hands. Despite rainy weather outside, the crew spent the day productively inside, painting hallways and bedrooms, installing conveniences like toilet paper dispensers and toothbrush holders in the bathrooms, and replacing lights and correcting electrical safety problems. On the evening of April 19, 2007, Davis intercepted the fishing vessel Mariana de Jesus in international waters. The 33-foot vessel was overcrowded with 31 migrants. Davis gave the migrants food and water and they were all examined by the ship's medical personnel. Some were treated for mild dehydration and headaches, but overall they were found to be in good physical condition. The migrants were then transferred to the El Salvadorian Navy. On April 23, 2007, the Costa Rican Coast Guard vessel Juan Rafael Mora (JRM) and Davis intercepted the fishing vessel Kuerubin with 61 Chinese migrants, all of whom were transferred to the JRM. Davis was tasked to ensure their health and safety was maintained by providing food, water, and medical supplies. All were malnourished and dehydrated for they had been without food or water for four days. The frigate returned to Everett naval base on June 12, 2007 after a six-month deployment in the war on drugs.
The first maritime seizure of liquid cocaine occurred April 25 when the Davis located the fishing vessel Emperador from Ecuador in the Eastern Pacific. A Coast Guard law enforcement team boarded the Emperador and located 3,850 gallons of liquid cocaine. Each gallon of the liquid is the equivalent of 1.3 kilograms of processed cocaine. The Coast Guard boarding team detained the 17 crewmembers of the vessel. Sixteen of the crewmembers were from Ecuador, and one of the crewmembers was Colombian. The Coast Guard boarding team and crew of the Davis transported the vessel to Guayaquil, Ecuador , for further examination by officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Ecuadorian authorities. The majority of the liquid cocaine, 3,600 gallons, was turned over to Ecuadorian authorities for destruction.
COAST GUARD, NAVY TO OFFLOAD 9,000 POUNDS OF COCAINE; 250 GALLONS OF LIQUID COCAINE
Commander Craig R. Heckert
9 May 1987 – 31 March 1988
Commander Peter G. Roberts
1 April 1988 – 29 June 1990
Commander Anthony J. Kopaz
30 June 1990 – 2 April 1992
Commander Jacob L. Shuford
3 April 1992 – 18 January 1994
Commander Dennis L. Hopkins
19 January 1994 – 21 November 1995
Commander Peter M. Leenhouts
22 November 1995 – 2 July 1997
Commander Jonathan E. Will
3 July 1997 – 4 February 1999
Commander Thomas E. Mangold, Jr.
5 February 1999 – 1 September 2000
Commander Eldridge Hord, III
1 September 2000 – 31 May 2002
Commander John B. Carroll
1 June 2002 – 19 March 2004
Commander Paul E. Flood
20 March 2004 – 27 October 2005
Commander D. Marc Gordnier
28 October 2005 – 26 May 2007
Commander James L. Minta
26 May 2007 - 19 Nov 2008
Commander Doug Stuffle
19 Nov 2008 - 28 May 2010
Commander Scott Robertson
29 May 2010 - 18 Nov 2011
Commander Timothy Gibboney
18 Nov 2011 - Present