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USS Oriskany sunk as aritifical reef, 2006
USS Oriskany (CV-34/CVA-34) was an Essex-class aircraft carrier in service with the US Navy from 1950 to 1976. After decommissioning, Oriskany was laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Facility at Bremerton, WA. The Navy announced on 5 April 2004, that it would transfer the former aircraft carrier to the State of Florida for use as an artificial reef. Towed to Pensacola, Oriskany was sunk with explosive charges on May 17, 2006. She now forms an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico.
Updates to FY 2013 and FY 2014 decommissioning schedule
Updates to FY 2013 and FY 2014 decommissioning schedule per NAVADMIN 246/13.
USNS Flint (T-AE 32)
Inactivation scheduled 8 Nov 2013. Post decommissioning, vessel will be disposed of by scrapping.
USS Miami (SSN 775)
Inactivation 27 Sep 2013. Post inactivation, vessel has been placed in-commission/in-reserve pending decommissioning at a later date.
Four Type 22 frigates laid up in Fareham Creek
USS Rentz seizes $78 million in cocaine
The USS Rentz (FFG-46) is an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate based at Naval Base San Diego.
One of only 13 vessels in her class still in commission (out of 71 built!), the Retnz is scheduled to decommission in 2014.
Frigate Rentz seizes $78M in cocaine
A San Diego-based warship has seized cocaine worth about $78 million — just one week into its latest drug-busting operation.
The frigate Rentz deployed from Naval Base San Diego on July 25 for the seven-month campaign called Operation Martillo (Spanish for “hammer”).
The frigate’s crew wasted no time in starting their latest mission in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean.
Less than a week on station in the 4th Fleet area of responsibility, servicemen seized 2,123 pounds of cocaine from a fishing vessel north of the Galapagos Islands.
“We are very fortunate to have the Rentz and embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment on patrol conducting counter transnational organized crime operations,” said Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet.
“This major seizure in the first week the ship is on station is a clear indicator that illicit activities are taking place and must be addressed to counter their destabilizing affects in the region and in our nation.”
Operation Martillo targets illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus, and is an international, interagency operation led by Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a component of U.S. Southern Command.
During last week’s operation, the Rentz worked closely with a Navy P-3 Orion long-range patrol aircraft to detect and intercept the fishing vessel suspected of smuggling narcotics in international waters.
The U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment team aboard the frigate discovered and confiscated the cache of cocaine shortly after boarding the vessel.
Since Operation Martillo started in January 2012, 318,133 pounds of cocaine and 25,052 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $40 billion have been confiscated.
As well as targeting drug runners in the waterways, the Rentz will also take part in the annual multinational UNITAS maritime exercise next month.
This exercise will be conducted in the Southern Caribbean Sea off the coast of Colombia with naval forces from Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom and Canada.
The Rentz is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate.
US Navy FY 2014 decommissioning list
FY 2014 decommissioning list, per NAVADMIN 175/13:
- USS Ford (FFG-54) October 31, 2013
- USS Thach (FFG-43) November 15, 2013
- USS Nicholas (FFG-47) March 17, 2014
- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49) March 28, 2014
- USNS Observation Island (T-AGM-23) April 1, 2014
- USS De Wert (FFG-45) April 4, 2014
- USS Rentz (FFG-46) May 23, 2014
- USS Avenger (MCM-1) August 30, 2014
- USS Halyburton (FFG-40) September 8, 2014
- USS Dallas (SSN-700) September 26, 2014
- USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10) September 30, 2014
- USS Denver (LPD-9) September 30, 2014
US Navy will decommission 7 Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates during FY 2014
The US Navy will decommission 7 Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates during FY 2014 and all 7 are set for transfer to foreign (hopefully friendly!) navies.
7 frigates on list of FY ’14 decommissionings
Seven frigates, a minesweeper, an attack submarine and an amphibious transport dock are among the 12 ships slated to be retired in the upcoming fiscal year, the Navy said in the annual decommissioning message, released Wednesday.
As expected, the plan continues the retirement of Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, a class that has been in service since the Carter administration. It does not, however, list any cruisers or amphibious dock landing ships, which the Navy planned to retire until lawmakers balked and ordered the service to retain all nine vessels.
The list also includes two Military Sealift Command ships, the fast combat support ship Bridge and missile range instrumentation ship Observation Island.
All seven frigates are will be sold to foreign navies, according to the message. The attack sub heads into a lengthy decommissioning process in which the spent uranium is removed and the reactor is buried. The minesweeper will be used for spare parts for the rest of the MCM fleet. The missile range ship will be scrapped. The amphib and the support ship will be maintained in a reserve status.
There is only one remaining vessel left to be retired this year: the frigate Reuben James, whose decom date is set for late August.