US Navy Ship Destroyed by Submarine and Anti-ship Missile During SINKEX Exercice – Retired USS Thach

A retired, Decommissioned and empty ship (USS Thach – FFG 43) from the US Navy belonging to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate was targeted by several kind of projectiles (AGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship missile, Mark 48 torpedo, Hellfire,etc…) during sinking exercise SINKEX as part of RIMPAC 2016.
The ship sank after 12hours. Sunken ships make good artificial reefs for fish.
Held every two years by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), and executed by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), RIMPAC is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This year’s RIMPAC exercise is the 25th in the series that began in 1971.
Twenty-six nations, 45 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. This year’s exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.
RIMPAC is a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
Videos credit: Dominique Canales, Chris Weissenborn, Eric Harrison.

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