EVERETT — A warship previously stationed at Naval Station Everett for more than a decade has been destroyed.
The decommissioned USS Rodney M. Davis was fired upon July 12 by military forces from Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the U.S. The sinking exercise was part of RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2022, described by the U.S. Navy as “the world’s largest international maritime exercise.”
The Rodney M. Davis was commissioned in 1987 and was one of the Navy’s last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. About 200 sailors were assigned to the frigate while operational. In 2015, the ship was retired and towed from it’s homeport of Everett to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. Today it sits at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
The frigate was named after Sgt. Rodney Maxwell Davis, a U.S. Marine who was killed in 1967 in Vietnam. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for saving fellow Marines. A documentary detailing the ship’s final tour created by former crew member Benny Winslow can be found on YouTube.
Previous Herald coverage of the USS Rodney M. Davis:
• Movie chronicles final voyage of the USS Rodney M. Davis (Feb. 26, 2015)
• Last Navy frigate, USS Davis, leaves Everett (March 25, 2015)
• USS Davis captures boat carrying cocaine worth $90 million (Dec. 8, 2008)