Former naval cargo ships have sunk as part of the scale-back naval exercise

The annual RIMPAC naval exercise is back this year due to COVID-19

The Hawaiian offshore version of the RIMPAC naval exercise this weekend ended with a bang this weekend as the old Navy cargo ship USS Durham was sunk by missile barrage from various ships participating in the international exercise.

The practice went backwards due to the coronovirus epidemic but US Navy officials said it still provided valuable experience in working with other Pacific Rim countries.

From the waters of Hawaii on Saturday, the USS Durham (LKA-114) served as the target for a Sinking Exercise (SINKEX), which would close the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) to be held every two years.

Rejected in 1994 after nearly 25 years of service to the Navy, the old Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship was cleaned and read to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards, as it sank to its permanent resting place in the Pacific Ocean Was.

On Saturday, the ship received a barrage of missiles and armaments fired from ships from the US, Australia, Brunei and Canada. Durham was hit by round rounds from Harpoon missiles, Exocet missiles, Hellfire missiles and five-inch guns.

The ship sank shortly after midnight on Sunday, Cmdr said. John Feige, spokesman for the Third Fleet of the Navy.

The RIMPAC practice is generally considered the world’s largest international naval exercise, taking part in more than 20 countries over two months.

But due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic, the practice was reverted in the last two weeks of August.

This year, only 10 countries decided to participate in the exercise of sending 22 surface ships, one submarine and about 5,300 personnel.

Some activities on the sea, such as the search for ships, were not permitted and all incidents were canceled, but naval officials said the exercise provides valuable experience with partners in the Pacific.

“It is really paramount that we maintain those partnerships and alliances, so we are ready as a team that can withstand anything crisis” Captain J. Stingold, director of this year’s RIMPAC practice, told reporters last week Said to.

Despite the scaling back of the exercise, Stingold said that holding the exercise would be “a great loss”.

“RIMPAC, no matter what it looks like, will help us work together and enhance our ability to build that trust,” Stingold said.