USS Rentz leaves San Diego on 7-Month Anti-Drug Mission

The U.S. Navy frigate Rentz pulled out of San Diego Naval Base on Thursday, July 25 for a seven-month deployment to patrol the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean. Known for its contributions towards Operation Martillo, the crew of USS Rentz will continue to fight against drug traffickers and stop the flow of narcotics through this water passage.

Operation Martillo is a multinational act to reduce the amount of trafficking along coastal waters in Central America. The main mission of the Rentz will be to increase security within the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific waters and disrupt channels of narcotics and human trafficking.

Commanding officer of the Rentz, Commander Lance Lantier, shared his thoughts on the Rentz deployment: “It’s a very good mission, and we’re very good at it. It’s an extremely busy stretch of water.” Commander Lantier and his crew are not strangers to this area; this is their second deployment of this nature.

There will be a special drug interdiction team on the Navy ship, which will consist of the “Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team that will support the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment. Another huge contributor to the team on USS Rentz is the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49, which is based at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado.

Frigate Rentz will also be participating in the 2013 multinational UNITAS maritime exercise in September. The exercise is an honor to attend and will be off the coast of Colombia in the South Caribbean. Other participants will be from Naval branches in Colombia, Honduras, Chile, Brazil, Peru, England, the Dominican Republic, and Canada.

Photo Credit: Marion Doss