Todd's San Pedro Yard Launches Guided Missile Frigate 'Davis'

The Los Angeles Division of Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation recently launched the guided-missile frigate Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60) in ceremonies at the San Pedro shipyard. The vessel is named for Sgt. Rodney Maxwell Davis, USMC, who was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for exceptional heroism while serving in the Republic of Vietnam on September 6, 1967.

His widow, Mrs. Judy P. Davis, was the sponsor of the ship. She was assisted by Mrs. Ruth Davis, mother of the ship's namesake, and her daughters, Nicola A. Davis and Samantha J. Davis. Principal speaker at the event was Major Gen. Frank E. Peterson Jr., USMC, deputy commander, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic.

Also present at the launching ceremonies were Capt. R. Bruce Woodruff, USN, guided missile frigate ship acquisition program manager (FFG); Capt. Robert H.

Randall, USN, supervisor of ship- building, conversion and repair, Long Beach; Hans K. Schaefer, president of Todd Shipyards Corporation; and Len M. Thorell, vice president and general manager, Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, Los Angeles Division.

The primary mission of the Rodney M. Davis and the other FFGs is to serve as ocean escort with amphibious task groups, replenishment groups, or convoys. The ship has an overall length of 453 feet, beam of 45 feet, and full-load displacement of 3,900 tons. She is equipped with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems, torpedoes, and a 76-mm gun. Two manned antisubmarine helicopters extend the ship's attack range and over-the-horizon capability.

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