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JUNE 24, 2010
USS Rodney M. Davis (
CDR Doug Stuffle, a 1986
During this period Rodney M. Davis conducted various counter narcotic missions with an embarked helicopter and Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment. Rodney M. Davis participated in a historic event by providing the first test case of the Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act of 2008. Under this new law signed in September 2008, operating a vessel whose sole purpose is to conduct unlawful operations becomes a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Vessels of this type are
known as self-propelled semi-submersibles (
Rodney M. Davis’ counter narcotics operations under CDR Stuffle’s command helped prevent over 22 metric tons of contraband, primarily cocaine, from entering the United States.
In addition to the ship’s 2009 deployment, CDR Stuffle’s time in command was characterized by significant improvements in ship readiness as he led the ship and her crew through an extremely quick turn-around prior to a May 2010 deployment.
Rodney M. Davis conducted all major combat systems and engineering inspections during an extremely busy year and also completed a nine week $6.5 million selected restricted availability in which many needed repairs were completed. CDR Stuffle’s leadership of Rodney M. Davis was characterized by impressive combat readiness and ship-wide improvements in efficiency.
During his change of command speech, Commander Stuffle fondly reminisced about his time onboard.
“I’ve enjoyed the evenings of watching for the “green flash” at sunset, seeing the Engineers hoist their leader on their shoulders after an Ultra-E inspection win, climbing a volcano in Guatemala, catching Mahi – Mahi off the fantail, skiing at Mt. Baker, the heroic and daring all night efforts to put out a burning boat-load of marijuana and recovering detainees from multiple aggressive Counter Narco-Terrorism take-downs.
I’ll never forget the late night struggles of equipment problems prior to inspections and seeing ship-wide cooperation to turn what looked like certain failure into memorable victories; or the late evening walks around the ship seeing sailors exchange Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist information on the messdecks or engaged in a good nature game of cards. Good and bad, these and a hundred memories like them will be with me for a lifetime.”
“I am honored to be
entrusted with this fine ship and her exceptional crew.
I will continue to foster the environment of excellence CDR Stuffle has
established onboard”, said CDR Scott Robertson, following the Change of Command
CDR Stuffle’s next assignment
will be to staff duty as Commander, Third Fleet in
USS Rodney M. Davis’ motto is
“By Valor and Arms” and she continues to live up to this by her operations to
prevent drugs from entering the
Commander Doug Stuffle is a
graduate of the
Commander Stuffle’s first
sea duty tour was in USS Marvin Shields (FF 1066) where he served as Gunnery
Officer. His next assignment was in
USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986) as Fire Control Officer, Auxiliaries Officer and
Assistant Operations Officer. While
assigned in USS Harry W. Hill, he completed a six-month deployment to the
As a Department Head,
Commander Stuffle served as Combat Systems Officer in USS Sides (
In 2003, Commander Stuffle
reported as Commanding Officer USS Gladiator (
In 1996, Command Stuffle
In 2006, Commander Stuffle
Commander Stuffle’s personal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal.