Sink exercise takes down retired frigate near Guam
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published: September 15, 2016
A decommissioned guided-missile frigate went down in about 30,000 feet of water Tuesday during a SINKEX drill connected to Valiant Shield exercises underway near Guam.
A number of Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps ships and air squadrons used gunfire and air-to-surface missiles to sink the USS Rentz, which was retired in 2014 after nearly 30 years of service, a Navy statement said.
“This exercise provided an important opportunity for realistic at-sea training with live ordnance in a blue water environment,” Rear Adm. Brian S. Hurley, the U.S. Pacific Fleet Valiant Shield exercise lead, said in the statement. “This event refined our ability to work together seamlessly as a joint force to achieve a very specific training objective.”
Rentz is credited with intercepting 14,000 pounds of cocaine during narcotics operations in 2003, and with the rescue of 90 Ecuadorian citizens from a distressed ship in 2005.