EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has decommissioned the USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), the last guided missile frigate of the Oliver Hazard Perry class.
The frigate, with 28 years of service, was decommissioned late last week in a ceremony at Naval Station Everett, Wash.
The ship had returned from her last deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans last December, the Navy said.
Attending the decommissioning ceremony, in which Taps was played as sailors left the ship, was Retired Cmdr. Craig R. Heckert, the first commanding officer of Rodney M. Davis.
The Rodney M. Davis was the last frigate stationed at the facility.
The Navy said the ship is scheduled to be transferred for dismantlement on March 31.
Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates came into service in 1977, with 55 in the U.S. fleet. A number of decommissioned vessels of the class have been sold or donated to other countries.