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WATCH: Tough Old Warship Takes Bombardment During Sinking Exercise

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Screenshot from aerial video of the sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the decommissioned USS Thach (FFG 43) during Rim of the Pacific 2016.

Screenshot from aerial video of the sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the decommissioned USS Thach (FFG 43) during Rim of the Pacific 2016.

Editor’s Note: This article by Brendan McGarry originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

Check out this aerial footage of the decommissioned USS Thach (FFG-43) being bombarded by missiles and torpedoes during a live-fire sinking exercise as part of Navy’s Rim of the Pacific 2016 multi-nation training event near Hawaii.

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate was decommissioned in 2013 after nearly three decades of service, the service said in a release.

The live-fire sinking exercise, known as SINKEX in Navy parlance, is designed to practice gunnery, torpedo accuracy, and missile drills on decommissioned ships, providing sailors with the opportunity to practice on live targets, using real ammunition, and observe the result, the service said.