USS Rentz decommissioned after 30 Years

Ship was first launched in 1984

SAN DIEGO - The guided missile frigate USS Rentz ended a 30-year career at Naval Base San Diego as the Navy is phasing out the Oliver Hazard Perry class ship.

"It's emotional," said retired Chief Petty Officer Mike Smith, who was a plank owner, which in the Navy means the first to serve on a new ship.

Retired Master Chief Paul Dolan was also on the ship as a plank owner, and he said, "A ceremony like this can bring tears to your eyes but I'm also feeling a sense of joy to be near her again."

The ship is named for Chaplain George Rentz, who was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during a sea battle in World War II.  

On the ship's last deployment, the crew nabbed a number of drug runners and narcotics worth more than $100 million.

The ship may not be headed for scrap, as it could be sold to another country.  

Though taken out of active duty service, Smith said the ship will always be a part of him.

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