USS Rentz Back from Deployment

first_imgBeam14 m Displacement4,100 long tons (4,200 t), full load View post tag: Naval [mappress]Press Release, March 3, 2014, Image: US Navy Length138 m View post tag: Deployment View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic USS Rentz Back from Deployment View post tag: Defense March 3, 2014 Deployed since July 25, 2013, the officers and crew of Rentz, in conjunction with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 and U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachments, disrupted four shipments of cocaine, totaling nearly 2,000 kilograms, in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America as part of Operation Martillo.Launched in January 2012, Operation Martillo targets illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus, and is an international, interagency operation which includes the participation of 14 countries committed to a regional approach against transnational criminal organizations moving illicit cargo.“The crew worked long and hard during Rentz’ final deployment to the 4th Fleet in support of the U.S. Southern Command’s Counter-Transnational Organized Crime Operations mission,” said Cmdr. Lance C. Lantier, Rentz’ commanding officer.Rentz’ interdictions were:Aug. 10, 2013, A U.S. Navy aircraft spotted a suspicious fishing vessel approximately 260 miles north of the Galapagos Islands. Rentz intercepted the vessel and a U.S. Coast Guard LEDET 104 boarding team and Rentz crew members boarded the vessel and discovered some 963 kilograms of cocaine in the fish hold. The contraband was seized and four suspected smugglers were taken into custody.Nov. 30, 2013, the Coast Guard Cutter Rush and LEDET 401 aboard the USS Rentz teamed up to seize some 460 kilograms and detain three suspected smugglers from a Costa Rican fishing boat approximately 50 miles South of Isla de Cohiba, Panama. The vessel had been spotted by a Navy aircraft. Cocaine was discovered hidden in fishing buoys on the boat.Dec. 17, 2013, U.S. Coast Guard LEDET 401 aboard USS Rentz seized approximately 313 kilograms and detained three suspected smugglers from a fleeing Ecuadoran vessel some 240 miles northeast of the Galapagos Islands. The suspected smuggler’s boat was stopped by airborne marksman shooting out their engines.Jan. 20, 2014, U.S. Coast Guard C-130 aircraft spotted a suspicious vessel and coordinated with USS Rentz to intercept it. Coast Guard LEDET 406 aboard the USS RENTZ seized 243 kilograms and detained three suspects who stopped their boat after a Coast Guard marksman aboard one of the USS Rentz’ helicopter fired warning shots.“The reach and impact of our law enforcement teams is greatly expanded by our partnerships with the U.S. Navy, other agencies and nations in the region,” said Rear Adm. Karl Schultz, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. “The cartels, or transnational criminal organizations behind this smuggling, are engaged in wide-ranging illegal activities, destabilize the regions in which they operate, and engage in brutal and ruthless violence to further their criminal activities. They threaten the security of our homeland and we need to aggressively thwart their smuggling operations. Every shipment stopped denies these criminal organizations the funds and resources they need to perpetuate their violent, destructive practices,” he said.Overall coordination of counter narcotics patrols and surveillance in the Eastern Pacific region is done by an interagency joint task force based in Florida. U.S. law enforcement and the interdiction phase of operations occur under the tactical control and authority of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda, Calif.During their deployment Rentz also transited through the Panama Canal for a port visit to Cartagena, Colombia and to participate in the multinational exercise UNITAS 54-13 from Sept. 7-15, 2013. UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is a combined South American and U.S. sponsored annual exercise series that incorporates several North and South American nations and fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies.Rentz will conduct operations and training within 3rd Fleet’s 50-million square mile AOR upon return. Speedover 29 knotscenter_img Range5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots View post tag: Navy   USS RENTZ SPECIFICATIONS Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Rentz Back from Deployment Complement15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers View post tag: Defence View post tag: back Share this article USS RENTZThe U.S. Navy’s guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) returned to San Diego from a seven-month deployment to the 4th Fleet Area of Operations (AOR), on February 28. Draft6.7m View post tag: Rentzlast_img read more

Card issuers lose $10.9B to fraud: LexisNexis

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions and other card issuers are losing a whopping $10.9 billion a year to fraud and criminals appear to be attacking from all angles, a new LexisNexis Risk Solutions study said.The study of 100 risk and fraud decision-makers and influencers working at U.S. card issuers reported 71% of card fraud now comes from credit cards – three times the fraud from debit cards, which accounted for 25% of the total. Prepaid cards contributed only half a billion in fraud losses, the study said. continue reading »last_img read more

Zambia refuse to fly into Ghana after being told they can’t land in Kumasi

first_imgZambia preparations for Friday’s crucial FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ghana suffered a setback yesterday after allegedly being denied clearance to land in the Kumasi.After winding up their intensive training in South Africa, the Chipolopolo flew into Lusaka and were scheduled to depart for Ghana at 13:00 hours but only boarded the plane an hour later.The squad, which had a morning work-out at Nkoloma Stadium, was made to endure two more hours on a stationary plane before disembarking and heading back to the hotel.The 80-member Zambian delegation was led by Sports Deputy Minister, Stephen Masumba and also included Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president, Kalusha Bwalya.FAZ communications manager, Erick Mwanza, who was also on the plane, accused Ghanaian authorities of not being cooperative, saying they were refusing the Zambian delegation to land in Kumasi but insisted on Accra.Mwanza said the team’s plane was ready to leave and make a stop-over for refuelling in Kinshasa, DR Congo before connecting to Ghana but authorities there stood their ground. “Ghanaian authorities are still refusing to allow us to land in Kumasi. We have disembarked and won’t fly tonight. Efforts continue to secure permission in Kumasi and not Accra. Our plane is ready and we will stop over for fuel in Congo Kinshasa. We are all clear with that but Ghana authorities are not being cooperative,” he said.The Chipolopolo, who need win from this crunch Group D tie to progress to the final knock-out round, will leave this morning.Mwanza said despite the setback, the squad had remained resolute on the mission ahead and would not allow mind games distract their focus.However, investigations by the Times revealed that the airport in Kumasi was undergoing some rehabilitation and that only small domestic flights were allowed to land.last_img read more