Rodney M. Davis Departs Everett for Deployment
By USS Rodney M. Davis Public Affairs
EVERETT, Wash. -- USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) departed its homeport of Naval Station Everett Oct. 20 for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of counternarcotics operations abroad.

The Oliver Hazard Perry Class guided missile frigate is scheduled to deploy to the southern Pacific Ocean to participate in a counter narcotics mission alongside international partners and the U.S. Coast Guard.

"The men and women of Rodney M. Davis worked hard to get ready for this deployment," said Davis' Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Jim Minta. "They are excited about the mission we will perform, but of course we are all sad about leaving our family and friends behind."

Rodney M. Davis returned from a Rim-of-the-Pacific deployment, Aug. 15, ready to take on a new mission.

"The family and friends of our Sailors are part of our team and deserve as much credit for our readiness as the crew," Minta added. "Together, we are a strong team serving our country. I couldn't be prouder of the Davis team and look forward to leading them on this challenging deployment.

One Davis Sailor said that he is excited about the opportunity.

"I am excited to defend the country in the war on drugs, but at the same time sad to be leaving my wife," said Quartermaster 1st Class (SW) Bert Kortum.

Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Danniel Lytle said that he is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with another agency toward a common goal.

"There is a sense of pride and job accomplishment knowing you have seized over nine tons of narcotics," Lytle said.

On April 21, 2001 Rodney M. Davis, with later assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active, 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.

USS Rodney M. Davis is named for Marine Sgt. Rodney M. Davis (1942–1967), who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Vietnam War.
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