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USS Rentz Decommissioning Ceremony On Friday (Video)

U.S. Navy

Cmdr. Lance C. Lantier on the bridge of the USS Rentz

The U.S. Navy will decommission the USS Rentz during a special ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on Friday, May 9.

The USS Rentz has been in service for almost three decades, most recently as a key participant in counter drug trafficking operations in the coastal waters off Central America. As Home Post reported earlier this year, on her final deployment the Rentz helped intercept nearly 5,000 kilograms of narcotics with a street value of $116 million.

Cmdr. Lance C. Lantier, commanding officer of the Rentz, wrote on the blog of the Naval Service Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet:

"I can confidently say we haven’t stopped, we never said die, we never quit—and no matter what the ship needed to keep going—we made repairs and kept Rentz on mission to complete the nation’s tasking.

"Her legacy will definitely live on through all the stories and significant events that have marked a distinguished and remarkable ship’s history. It has been an absolute honor to command this extraordinary ship and her remarkable crew during the final stages of her life."

Pennsylvania television station WHTM-TV put together this walk down memory lane for former and current members of the USS Rentz (which was named after Pennsylvania native son Navy Chaplain George Rentz):

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