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USS Rodney M. Davis Preps for Last of Deployment

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Story Number: NNS070406-03
Release Date: 4/6/2007 12:37:00 PM

From USS Rodney M. Davis Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60), based in Everett, Wash., completed their mid-deployment continuous maintenance availability (CMAV) while in port Mayport, Fla., in late March.

The CMAV was a planned stop during the ship’s Counter-Narco Terrorism (CNT) deployment in a joint inter-agency task force for U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility (AOR).

Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) was on hand to assist Davis with equipment upgrades and equipment repairs.

“On deployment, equipment breaks and the mid-deployment CMAV is a great opportunity for ships to get needed repairs and parts when you are otherwise unable," said Lt. Heidi Haskins, the chief engineer.

Davis pulled into Mayport three days early as a result of an engine casualty. The work began on the ship immediately upon arrival. A gas generator assembly replacement of one of the ship’s gas turbine engines (GTE) was required. Upon an inspection of the hull, the SERMC Dive team noted that the Davis’ Auxiliary Propulsion Units (APUs) were to be replaced.

During the two-week availability, SERMC assisted Davis crew members in completing more than 50 jobs, including the GTE replacement, APU replacement, hull repair, vent cleaning, and replacement of the AN/SQR-19 Towed Array Sonar tow cable assembly.

The workload required help from divers, crane operators, and a fleet of technical experts in every field from combat systems to engineering.

SERMC’s monumental efforts allowed Davis to successfully complete extensive maintenance and repairs, clearing 13 major engineering casualties, to return to mission readiness and get back on station in the Eastern Pacific.

Auxiliaries officer, Lt. Hector Ojeda said, “[SERMC] impressive responsiveness and dedication provided the needed flexibility to complete repairs, enhancing Davis’ mission capability.”

A mid-deployment port visit in Florida provided a unique opportunity for many crew members. Some Davis Sailors had the opportunity to arrange for their families to visit from Pugent Sound to enjoy Jacksonville and attractions of the north Florida coast.

Upon completing their CMAV, Davis continues the second half of their CNT deployment.

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