Ship, aircraft strikes sink another ex-US Navy ship at RIMPAC 2018

Strikes from a ship and an aircraft participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 sank decommissioned United States Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) during sinking exercise (SINKEX) on July 19 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii.

According to US Navy, the ex-US Navy frigate was sank 15,000 feet deep. “Each SINKEX is required to sink the hulk in at least 1,000 fathoms (6,000 feet) of water and at least 50 nautical miles from land,” US Navy said.

“Surveys are conducted to ensure people and marine mammals are not in an area where they could be harmed during the event,” the US Navy said adding that procedures were done to comply with environmental protocols.

“This SINKEX was invaluable for exercising our interoperability as a combined maritime force, and also demonstrating and testing the tremendous warfighting skills of our men and women,” said RIMPAC Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander Chilean Navy Commodore Pablo Niemann.

This is the second SINKEX under RIMPAC 2018. The first ship that was sank is decommissioned USS Racine (LST 1191), held July 12 through strikes from an aircraft, a submarine, and land assets.