[US] Navy to Send Ship on Drug Patrols After Four-Month Hiatus | USNI News

The U.S. Navy will resume patrols for drug runners in the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific after an almost four month hiatus due to budget cuts, Navy officials told USNI News on Monday.

Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rentz (FFG-46) is set to travel to U.S. Southern Command in August for a six-month deployment, Navy 4th Fleet’s Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker told USNI News.

Rentz, based at Naval Station San Diego, Calif., will support of Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer), an ongoing effort led by SOUTHCOM’s Joint Interagency Task Force South, 4th Fleet and partner nations to interdict drug smugglers

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