Daily Mail: The ship that would not die: Stubborn old warship takes 12 hours to sink after US Navy throws everything it has at it in weapons testing exercise
* USS Thach was sunk during the major naval exercise RIMPAC 2016
* The exercise, known as SINKEX, occurs every two years
* Decomissioned ships are stripped of their weapons and fuel and used for target practice by the US, Canada, Australia, and the Republic of Korea
* First launched in 1982, Thach was retired in 2013
* Thach was hit with over 5,000 pounds of high explosives July 14
* It took 12 hours to finally sink, 55 miles north of Kaui
It was a retired war ship hit with over 5,000 pounds of high explosives.
However the USS Thach, which was bombarded from the air, sea, and even underwater last Thursday during a missile-testing exercise, did not go down without a fight, taking 12 hours to finally sink to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
The Rim of the Pacific Exercise, also known as SINKEX or the sinking exercise, takes place every two years, and involves stripping an old frigate of its weapons, ammunitions and fuel.
It is then used for Navy target practice, with ships, submarines and aircraft from the US, Canada, Australia, and the Republic of Korea all taking aim.
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Update: Watch the Navy Send a Retired Frigate Out With a Bang (Popular Mechanics)
WNU Editor: It took 5,000 pounds of high explosives to sink the warship .... you have to wonder if they make these ships like they use to.