USS Rodney M. Davis to be decommissioned Friday

EVERETT — The USS Rodney M. Davis will be decommissioned Friday in a formal ceremony at Naval Station Everett.

The 27-year-old ship is the last of three Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates that were based in Everett. The USS Ford was decommissioned in 2013 and the USS Ingraham was decommissioned in November.

The Davis returned to Everett for the last time Dec. 18. The ship had been on a six-month deployment to the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

About 200 sailors were assigned to the Davis while it was operational, said Naval Station Everett spokeswoman Kristin Ching.

The Davis is to be sold to a foreign military after it is decommissioned and the Navy removes all classified or necessary components.

The Ingraham already has been stripped of usable material and is scheduled to be towed to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard next week for dismantlement, Ching said. The Ford also is scheduled for eventual dismantlement, but its current location and condition were not available.

Once the Davis is gone, Naval Station Everett will be the homeport of two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, the USS Momsen and the USS Shoup, and two Coast Guard cutters.

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz left Everett on Jan. 13 for 16 months of maintenance and modernization work. The Nimitz’s homeport was changed from Everett to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton for the duration in order to facilitate the move for sailors with families.

The Davis is named after Sgt. Rodney Maxwell Davis, a U.S. Marine who was killed in 1967 in Vietnam and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for saving fellow Marines.

Guest speakers at Friday’s decommissioning ceremony are the Davis’ first commanding officer, Cmdr. Craig Heckert, and Capt. William Triplett, the former commander of Destroyer Squadron Nine, to which the Davis was assigned.

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