Sink exercise takes down retired frigate near Guam

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A harpoon missile is fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold during a sink exercise on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in the Philippine Sea. The target was the frigate USS Rent, which was retired in 2014 after about three decades of service. Deven Ellis/U.S. Navy
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A harpoon missile is fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold during a sink exercise on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in the Philippine Sea. The target was the frigate USS Rent, which was retired in 2014 after about three decades of service. Deven Ellis/U.S. Navy

Sink exercise takes down retired frigate near Guam

by: Leon Cook | .
Stars and Stripes | .
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.
 
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