The USS Rentz sank in five hours after sustaining 22 missile hits. Why? Because it was decommissioned after more than 30 years of career.
The units that participated in the sinking included destroyers USS Benfold and USS John S. McCain, aircraft from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft.
It was also the first time that the “Eagles” from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 successfully fired a JSOW C-1 guided gliding munition, a weapon that has not previously been used in an exercise of this nature.
USS Rentz was the 40th ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates, named after Chaplain George Snavely Rentz, who gave his life at the Battle of Coral Sea. Rentz was commissioned June 30, 1984 and originally homeported in San Diego, California, December 1985.