The guided-missile frigate USS Rentz is scheduled to return Friday to San Diego from a seven-month deployment, the Navy announced today.
Since heading out last July 25, the officers and crew of the frigate, along with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 and U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachments, disrupted four shipments of cocaine in international waters off the coast of Central and South America.
The haul totaled nearly 2,000 kilograms, according to the Navy.
The crew worked long and hard during Rentz’ final deployment to the 4th Fleet in support of the U.S. Southern Command’s Counter-Transnational Organized Crime Operations mission,” said Cmdr. Lance C. Lantier, Rentz’ commanding officer. “I could not be more pleased in terms of the crew’s performance and the achievements made on our final mission as the sole U.S. Navy warship deployed in the region.”
Besides the drug interdictions, the Rentz transited through the Panama Canal for a port visit to Cartagena, Colombia, and participated in an exercise with South American navies.
–City News Service