|USS Rentz (FFG-46)|
USS Rentz (FFG-46)
|Namesake:||Chaplain George S. Rentz|
|Builder:||Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro|
|Laid down:||18 September 1982|
|Launched:||16 July 1983|
|Commissioned:||30 June 1984|
|Homeport:||Naval Base San Diego|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2020[update]|
|Class & type:||Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate|
|Displacement:||4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load|
|Length:||453 feet (138 m), overall|
|Beam:||45 feet (14 m)|
|Draught:||22 feet (6.7 m)|
|Speed:||over 29 knots (54 km/h)|
|Range:||5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots (9,300 km at 33 km/h)|
|Complement:||15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried:||2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters|
USS Rentz (FFG-46) is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class of guided missile frigate, of the United States Navy, the 40th ship to be constructed of its class. The Rentz was named after World War II Navy Chaplain George S. Rentz (1882–1942). Chaplain Rentz was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for selfless bravery following the loss of USS Houston in the Battle of Sunda Strait. He was the only Navy chaplain to be so honored during World War II.
History[edit | edit source]
The keel of Rentz was laid on 18 September 1982 at Todd Pacific Shipyards in San Pedro, California. She was launched 16 July 1983, and commissioned at Naval Station Long Beach on 30 June 1984 under the command of CDR Martin Jules Mayer (b. 1944). In attendance were survivors of the Houston, as well as Chaplain Rentz's surviving daughter.
In December 1985, Rentz moved from Long Beach, California to its current (2007) location in San Diego, California. Following initial shakedown cruises and operations, Rentz was assigned to the USS Ranger aircraft carrier group. As part of that group, the ship regularly cruised the Southern California Operations Area off the coast of San Clemente Island with a pair of fuzzy dice dangling above the ship's computerized helm. During "breakaways" after underway replenishment (UNREP) at sea, Rentz blasted the Beach Boys song "Little Deuce Coupe" as its inaugural "UNREP breakaway song."
On 5 November 1986, Rentz was part of an historic visit to Qingdao (Tsing Tao; 青岛) China—the first US Naval visit to China since 1949. Rentz was accompanied by two other ships, the Reeves and Oldendorf. The visit was officially hosted by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Previously, the USS Dixie was the last ship to moor in China, departing in 1949 when the communists forced the Americans to leave the Chinese mainland.
In July 1987, Rentz was sent to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Earnest Will. Her primary duties consisted of escorting commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz. "Rentz" provided missile security escort for the North Persian Gulf Battlegroup destroyers during their transit in and out of the Straits of Hormuz en route to an operation code name "Nimble Archer" involving naval gun bombardment and SEAL Team take over of an abandoned oil rig being used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to stage attacks on Persian Gulf shipping. Rentz has been deployed to the Gulf numerous times since 1987.
On 28 November 2009 while the ship was moored in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates as part of the Nimitz carrier strike group, a crewman was killed while performing repairs to the ship. According to the Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class David M. Mudge was electrocuted while working in an auxiliary machinery space. In response to the mishap, the Navy ordered the entire fleet to inspect ship electrical enclosures.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- "outstanding food service" in the Pacific Fleet, 1997 Ney Award winner "Small Afloat."
- "outstanding food service" in the Pacific Fleet, 2000 Ney runner-up "Small Afloat."
- 2003 Mobility Energy Efficiency award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
About the Ship's Crest[edit | edit source]
The colors blue and gold are traditionally associated with the U.S. Navy. The vertical trident represents the sea god Neptune. The crossed missiles indicate the type of ship "Frigate with Guided Missiles." The cross on the shield symbolizes the ship's namesake, Chaplain Rentz. The motto "Dread Nought" tells all to have no fear for the ship is watched over by higher powers.
References[edit | edit source]
- Nguyen, Lisa. "Martin Mayer Collection (AFC/2001/001/49389), Veterans History Project". Library of Congress. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/49389. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
- "After 37-year absence, U.S. vessels visit China". 6 November 1986. pp. A3.
- Military Times, "Rentz sailor electrocuted aboard ship", 30 November 2009.
- Liewer, Steve, "Sailor’s Death Prompts Navy To Act", San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 January 2010.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to USS Rentz (FFG-46).|
- USS Rentz official website
- navsource.org: USS Rentz
- USS Rentz cruise books
- navysite.de: USS Rentz
- USS Rentz at Destroyer History
- U.S. NAVY HELO CREW RESCUED BY USS RENTZ, COMNAVAIRPAC Press Release 1997: PR97-015
- MaritimeQuest USS Rentz FFG-46 pages
- Defense Visual Information Center (search for "Rentz")
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