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Sailors mail the rails on board the guided missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) as the ship approaches USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) for an underway replenishment exercise.  (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technicain (Surface) 2nd Class Caleb Hutchinson)
Rodney M. Davis Returns to Homeport Following Basic Training Phase and INSURV 
By Lt. j.g. Daniel Denton, USS Rodney M. Davis Public Affairs 
EVERETT, Wash. - The crew of USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), returned home after two months of operations in Southern California and maintenance at Naval Station San Diego.

The ship completed several basic phase training events, the type commander material inspection and a continuous maintenance availability with the Southwest Region Maintenance Center.

Lastly, the ship completed an extremely successful Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), a comprehensive material inspection conducted every five years.

Rodney M. Davis commenced basic phase training in May of 2013 following nearly two years of maintenance, including 16 months at the Vigor Shipyard in Seattle.

The ship departed Everett, Wash., Feb. 10 to complete the final phases of basic training in the Southern California operating area, including exercises in visit, board, search and seizure, undersea warfare, mobility and aviation.

During flight deck certification with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven one (HSM-71), the ship performed 30 day and night landings, 10 vertical replenishments, and in-flight refueling.

“Operating with a real helicopter made me realize how important my job is to the ship and flight crew,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Anthony Stevens, a native of Bear, Del., and a member of the ship’s crash and salvage team.

Additionally, the ship conducted its first refueling at sea in nearly three years with USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). During the refueling, the ship continued a longstanding naval tradition by sending across their trademark peach cobbler, as the ship’s namesake was born in Macon, Ga., to the master of Guadalupe.

USS Rodney M. Davis finished her visit to San Diego with a highly successful INSURV. The ship passed eight out of eight underway demonstrations, including a full power trial and self-defense detect-to-engage exercises, culminating in an overall score of 92 percent.

“Preparing for INSURV made me a better boatswain’s mate,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jeorge Makinose of Los Angeles, Calif. “And showing my equipment to inspectors gave me more confidence and will make me a better leader.”

USS Rodney M. Davis is based in Everett, Wash., and is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Nine. The ship is currently making final preparations for an upcoming deployment to the Western Pacific.

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