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SINKEX demonstrates USN’s ‘strategic overmatch’

24th August 2021 - 14:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


US joint forces conducted coordinated maritime strikes during a sinking exercise on the decommissioned frigate USS Ingraham. (Photo: USN)

As part of Large Scale Exercise 21, on 15 August, US joint forces launched multiple missiles and torpedoes from air, land and sea at a decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate.

The USN's Sinking Exercise (SINKEX), in the Hawaiian Islands operating area, saw F/A-18E/F Super Hornets test-fire the AGM-154 Joint Standoff WeaponF-35Cs launch undisclosed laser-guided weapons and P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft test the Harpoon weapon system.

Commenting on the SINKEX, US Pacific Fleet public affairs officer LT Corey T Jones told Shephard: ‘The point of the SINKEX was to demonstrate that the US Navy could work with other services collectively utilising a common operating picture to strike in unison -- from the land, air, sea surface, and beneath the sea – culminating in the successful …

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