Navy officials say USS Rentz, Jefferson City deployments canceled, USS Thach to return home early

Deployments canceled due to sequestration cuts

SAN DIEGO - Two San Diego-based Navy ships' upcoming deployments were canceled due to sequestration cuts, and another will be forced to return home early, Navy officials said.

Navy officials said Friday that April deployments of the guided-missile frigate USS Rentz, homeported at Naval Base San Diego, and the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Jefferson City, out of Naval Base Point Loma, had been canceled due to budget limitations, according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet statement.

The crew of the guided-missile frigate USS Thach will cut short its deployment patrolling for drug traffickers and other illegal activities in the Central American region, and return to Naval Base San Diego next month, Navy officials said.

The 453-foot-long USS Thach and its crew of 220 sailors left its homeport Jan. 8 for the deployment that was initially scheduled for six months.

According to Navy officials, each respective chain had begun to notify the affected sailors of the cancelations. Although the final decision on the cancelations was deferred until the last possible moment, the commands had been previously directed to prepare for that scenario, according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

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