SAN DIEGO – Glen Gardner, commander in chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), visited USS Rentz (FFG 46) Nov. 5 to meet with Sailors on the deck plates.
Gardner congratulated Sailors during an award ceremony for their outstanding performance during Rentz’s most recent deployment to the Western Pacific.
Following the ceremony, Gardner was given a tour of the spaces by the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Dave Glenister, during which he met with the crew members one-on-one in the pilothouse, combat information center, sonar control and on the flight deck. The tour provided him with an opportunity to see the Sailors at work and communicate his gratitude to for their furthering the most valued traditions of U.S. armed forces.
Gardner said he hoped young active duty members recognize the importance of the VFW and other veterans’ organizations as advocates for the military, citing that VFW is known for being an organization that is in it for the “long haul” in advocating veteran’s issues. He also expressed that he was honored to have the opportunity to meet with the Sailors of such an outstanding warship.
Rentz is one of 30 Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates currently commissioned by the U.S. Navy. The San Diego-based guided missile frigate is capable of performing protection of shipping and anti-submarine warfare missions independently or in support of amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys. The versatile platform also provides short range anti-air warfare capabilities in a durable platform, capable of withstanding considerable damage.