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USS Rodney M. Davis Crew Returns to Everett

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Story Number: NNS080602-27
Release Date: 6/2/2008 9:48:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (NAC) Jason Beckjord, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Det. Northwest

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Family and friends waved and cheered as USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60) and her crew pull into their homeport, Naval Station Everett, May 30, after spending more than two months training in port and at sea in preparation for upcoming deployments.

"The crew's performance in the two-and-a-half months that we have been gone has been fantastic," said Cmdr. James L. Minta, Rodney M. Davis commanding officer. "We finished up with our [maintenance] availability in February, and we left in March to go down to San Diego to participate as opposition forces for the Ronald Reagan [Carrier] Strike Group, where we did an excellent job for those three weeks."

During the maintenance period, the crew was able to focus on and correct some material deficiencies, get some preventive maintenance support from contractors, and train. Training is a high priority for the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate's crew.

"I have been on the Davis a little over a year and a half, and I have to say that what I really benefited from while we were out training was working with my shipmates," said Seaman Pierre Neill. "I feel like we are more of a family than anything else. We got a lot of practice running drills and preparing for inspections, but my favorite thing to do on board is drive the ship."

While in the San Diego local operations area, Davis trained hard, drilling in damage control, anti-submarine warfare, engineering, plant operations, mass casualty drills, force protection, and visit, board, search, and seizure operations with USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171).

"We didn't even drop a ladder, we just jumped right over armed with blue guns for the simulation and our teams efficiently took control of the ship," said Ensign Roger Young. "The crew is going to benefit because in the Navy, we train like we fight, so that we will be prepared in a real situation. The training is intense and takes a toll on the crew and families, but it something that has got to be done."

Minta emphasized the importance of the family to mission accomplishment.

"The Sailor is not going to be able to focus on his job at sea if there are problems at home. If they're not focused at sea, then people are going to get hurt. If I don't take care of my Sailors and their families, then they're not going to be able to take care of Rodney M. Davis."

For more news from Commander, Navy Region Northwest, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrnw/.

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