SINKEX, or sinking exercise, is a live fire training exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy to practice gunnery, torpedo accuracy, and missile drills using decommissioned Naval Warships. It gives the U.S. Navy the opportunity to practice on live targets, using real ammunition, and observe the results while disposing of unwanted, dangerous, and expensive to maintain ships at a minimal cost, with maximum gain.
RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. RIMPAC is held biennially in Honolulu, Hawaii, and 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. This SINKEX was the culmination of weeks of training within the RIMPAC scenario. This footage shows the U.S.Navy Harpoon missile tested during the military training exercise at sea to sink the former Navy vessels used on the exercise.
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