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|75k||Artist's conception of Rentz by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the long hulled guided missile frigates ARE available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|48k||George Snavely Rentz was born on 25 July 1882 in Lebanon, Pa., graduated the Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1909. He
was appointed a chaplain with the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade when the United States entered WWI. Attaining the rank of Commander in 1924, he served in Florida (BB 30),
Wright (AV 1), West Virginia (BB 48), Augusta (CA 31), a number of shore-duty postings, and finally Houston (CA 30). During the Battle
of Sunda Strait on 01 March 1942, the Australian light cruiser Perth and Houston were both sunk. During the abandonment of Houston, Commander Rentz
entered the water and with other crewmembers made his way to safety on a floating aircraft pontoon. Aware that others were in worst need than he, he told them, "you men are young; I have lived
the major part of my life, and I am willing to go." He gave up his position and lifejacket, trying to save the lives of other sailors. Of the original crew of 1,061 aboard Houston, he was one
of the 693 men to perish.
USS Rentz (FFG 46) is the first ship to be named in his honor. (Photo from the USS Rentz website)
|195k||31 December 1983: San Pedro, Cal. - An elevated starboard bow view of USS Rentz (FFG 46) under construction at Todd Pacific Shipyards. The ship is 80 percent complete.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-04985 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|154k||24 April 1984: the Pacific Ocean - An aerial port bow view of Rentz underway on trials.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-07929 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
|170k||07 May 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - A port quarter view of Rentz at 100 percent completion. Another Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate can be seen in
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-10172 by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. from the DVIC)
|155k||16 July 1984: San Pedro, Cal. - A port bow view of Rentz in dry dock at Todd Shipyards.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-09605 from the DVIC)
|James H. Hopper III,
Commander, USN (ret.)
|95k||date / location unknown||Jerry Hays|
|141k||29 April 1986: the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Rentz underway alongside the aircraft carrier USS
Ranger (CV 61) during an underway replenishment.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-00453 by PH3 Layman from the DVIC)
|110k||29 April 1986: the Pacific Ocean - Crew members standing on top of the bridge of Rentz haul on a line from Ranger during an
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-00455 by PH3 Layman from the DVIC)
|102k||29 April 1986: the Pacific Ocean - Crew members haul on a line aboard Rentz as a refueling hose is brought across from Ranger
during an underway replenishment.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-94-00454 by PH3 Layman from the DVIC)
|69k||05 November 1986: Qingdao, Shanghai, China - A starboard quarter view of Rentz entering the harbor. Accompanying the ship are the destroyer
USS Oldendorf (DD 972) and the guided missile cruiser USS
Reeves (CG 24). This is the first visit by U.S. Navy ships to China in 40 years.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-02191 by PH1 Mussi from the DVIC)
|71k||05 November 1986: Qingdao, Shanghai, China - Crew members of Rentz man the rail as the vessel enters the harbor. Rentz is part
of the first US Navy warship contingent to visit China in forty years.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-06452 by PHC Chet King from the DVIC)
|161k||01 October 1987: the Persian Gulf - Rentz escorts the transport oiler USS Sealift
China Sea (T-AOT 170).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-00641 by PH1 Terry Cosgrove from the DVIC)
|89k||01 October 1987: the Persian Gulf - An air-to-air left view of a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2) SH-3 Sea King helicopter and an SH-60B Sea Hawk
helicopter over Rentz.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-01838 by PH2 Elliot from the DVIC)
|169k||30 May 1990: the Pacific Ocean - A starboard bow view of Rentz underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-91-00852 by PH2 Elliot from the DVIC)
|157k||30 May 1990: the Pacific Ocean - A starboard quarter view of Rentz underway.
U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-91-00853 by PHAN Andrew C. Heuer from the DVIC)
|146k||30 May 1990: the Pacific Ocean - An overhead view of Rentz underway off the coast of San Diego.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-10736 by PH2 Ernest Norquist from the DVIC)
|121k||30 May 1990: the Pacific Ocean - A port beam view of Rentz underway off the coast of San Diego.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-10737 by PH2 Ernest Norquist from the DVIC)
|155k||01 June 1990: the Pacific Ocean - A starboard view of Rentz underway off the coast of San Diego.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-10725 by PH3 Andrew C. Heuer from the DVIC)
|105k||04 August 1991: Hong Kong - Taken by Mr. Chiu while Rentz was making a port visit.||William Chiu|
|187k||11 October 1991: San Diego, Cal. - A starboard beam view of Rentz in San Diego Bay. She’s passing in review as part of the Parade of Ships, San
Diego's Accolades '91 celebration honoring local military units and installations.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-92-03848 by PH1 R.J. Oriez, from the DVIC)
|189k||11 October 1991: San Diego, Cal. - A starboard beam view of Rentz in San Diego Bay. The vessel is one of six U.S. Navy ships taking part in
the Parade of Ships, part of San Diego's Accolades '91 celebration honoring local military units and installations.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-62-01252 by PH1 R.J. Oriez from the DVIC)
|172k||04 April 1995: off San Diego, Cal. - Aerial starboard side view of Rentz underway on the Pacific Ocean.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-10894 by PH1(AW) Mahlon K. Miller from the DVIC)
|137k||04 April 1995: off San Diego, Cal. - Aerial port side view of Rentz underway on the Pacific Ocean.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-10895 by PH1(AW) Mahlon K. Miller from the DVIC)
|193k||04 April 1995: San Diego, Cal. - Aerial starboard side view of Rentz underway on San Diego Bay with Shoreline Park and San Diego Sub Base in
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-10896 by PH1(AW) Mahlon K. Miller from the DVIC)
|210k||30 September 1997: Eastern Pacific - USS Jarrett (FFG 33) and Rentz
underway during fleet operations.
(U.S. Navy photo #970930-N-0000U-015 from the Navy News Stand)
|162k||30 May 1999: the Pacific Ocean - A port bow view of Rentz underway off the coast of San Diego.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DNSC9100855 by PHAN Heuer, from the DVIC)
|127k||05 August 2003: Eastern Pacific - During a counter drug operation in the Eastern Pacific, USS Rentz (FFG 46) crew members combat a fire set by
suspected drug traffickers in an attempt to escape and destroy evidence. During this operation, the guided missile frigate recovered 37 kilos of cocaine and detained five suspects, who
were turned over to proper authorities for prosecution. U.S. Navy Ships are routinely deployed to the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean in support of the war on drugs. Rentz
recently pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., to offload seized cargo, and to conduct a scheduled intermediate maintenance availability (IMA) at the mid-point of her six-month deployment
with Commander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.
(U.S. Navy photo #030805-N-0000X-001 from the Navy News Stand)
|116k||06 August 2004: the Pacific Ocean - An aerial port bow view of Rentz underway during sea trials.
(U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-85-07068 from the DVIC)
|99k||20 August 2004: Naval Air Station North Island, Cal. - USS Rentz returns to San Diego after a routine underway period. Rentz is
home ported in San Diego, Cal.
(U.S. Navy photo #040820-N-2143T-023 by AN Mabel Y. Tinoko from the Navy News Stand)
|87k||12 June 2006: Portland, Ore. - Guided missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) heads back out to sea as she passes under the Willamette River Steel
Bridge early Monday morning. Rentz was one of four U.S. Navy ships visiting Portland for the 99th annual Rose Festival.
(U.S. Navy photo #060612-N-1683M-001 by PH1 McVicar from the Navy News Stand)
|140k||02 July 2007: San Pedro, Cal. - USS Rentz (FFG 46) pulls into the Port of Los Angeles for a port visit. Rentz was built at the Todd
Pacific Shipyard in San Pedro, and this is the first time the ship has visited the city after she was commissioned.
(U.S. Navy photo #070702-N-6536T-011 by MC2 Elizabeth Thompson from the Navy Newstand)
|87k||04 July 2007: San Pedro, Cal. - Fire Controlman 2nd Class Joshua Murray, of Syracuse, N.Y., assigned to Rentz, stands force protection watch aboard
ship during a Fourth of July fireworks display in the city. Rentz is conducting a port visit to the Los Angeles area in support of Navy Days LA.
(U.S. Navy photo #070704-N-6536T-050 by MC2 Elizabeth Thompson from the Navy Newstand)
|146k||10 September 2007: San Diego, Cal. - Chilean submarine CS Simpson (SS 21) pulls into port as USS Rentz (FFG 46) passes by
Simpson will be at Naval Base Point Loma for three months as part of the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative with the U.S. Navy. DESI is a partnership that allows
the U.S. and other allied navies to work together to train and test underwater warfare capabilities through engagement tactics, weapon system tests and close encounter operations.
(U.S. Navy photo #070910-N-0946B-001 by MC1 Kristina Brockman from the Navy Newstand)
|239k||07 August 2009: The Pacific Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) participates in the Undersea Warfare
Exercise (USWEX 09). Rentz is deployed in support of operations in the 5th and 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting the Maritime Strategy.
(U.S. Navy photo #090807-N-6516T-077 and 090807-N-6516T-066 by MC3 Michael N. Tialemasunu from the Navy News Stand)
|166k||19 May 2012: San Diego, Cal. - Rentz moored at the San Diego Naval Station.||Richard Miller
BMCS, USNR (ret.)
|298k||10 July 2014: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - ex-USS Rentz being towed into Pearl Harbor by the USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52). Rentz is now moored in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Pearl Harbor, awaiting foreign sale or other disposition.||Wade Armstrong
Pearl Harbor Pilot
|View the USS Rentz (FFG 46) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Supplemental History Page: Rentz Visits Qingdao, China, 05 - 10 November 1986|
|Rentz's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 30 Jun. 1984 - 22 Nov. 1986||Cmdr. Martin Jules Mayer (OCS '66) (Upper Montclair, N.J.) (retired as Vadm.)|
|2.) 22 Nov. 1986 - 15 Dec. 1988||Cmdr. James Albert Hooper IV (USNA '69) (Navy Junior) (retired as Vadm.)|
|3.) 15 Dec. 1988 - 19 Dec. 1990||Cmdr. Kenneth S. Jordan (USNA '71) (West Palm Beach, Fla.)|
|4.) 19 Dec. 1990 - 24 Jul. 1992||Cmdr. Daniel Edward Busch (OCS '73) (Minn.)|
|5.) 24 Jul. 1992 - 06 May 1994||Cmdr. Bruce T. Van Belle|
|6.) 06 May 1994 - 12 Jul. 1995||Cmdr. Robert Eduard Johnston (Ft. Ord, Cal.)|
|7.) 12 Jul. 1995 - 10 Jan. 1997||Cmdr. Gregory J. Allen (Buffalo, N.Y.)|
|8.) 10 Jan. 1997 - 26 Jun. 1998||Cmdr. John Bellows Sturges III|
|9.) 26 Jun. 1998 - .. Jan. 2000||Cmdr. Benjamin Frank Roper|
|10.) -- Jan. 2000 - --.--.2001||Cmdr. Michael Raymond Mara|
|11.) .. .... 2001 - 07 Feb. 2003||Cmdr. Thomas Reagan Beall|
|12.) 07 Feb. 2003 - 09 Jul. 2004||Cmdr. Jeffrey David Frederick|
|13.) 09 Jul. 2004 - 28 Apr. 2006||Cmdr. Dominic (Dom) DeScisciolo (prior enl. / NROTC '86) (New York, N.Y.)|
|14.) 28 Apr. 2006 - .. Apr. 2008||Cmdr. Mark E. Johnson|
|15.) .. Apr. 2008 - 13 Nov. 2009||Cmdr. David T. Glenister|
|16.) 13 Nov. 2009 - 20 Apr. 2011||Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Miller (Alton, Me.)|
|17.) 20 Apr. 2011 - 19 Oct. 2012||Cmdr. Michael Fleming Davis (Middleburg, Fla.)|
|18.) 19 Oct. 2012 - 09 May 2014||Cmdr. Lance Chad Lantier (prior enl. / USNA '95) (Lafayette, La.)|
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