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Watch: Decommissioned US Navy ship destroyed and sunk during exercise

The sinking exercise took place as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

A decommissioned US Navy ship has been blasted by missiles and sunk in a joint military exercise.

The decommissioned ex-USS Rodney M. Davis was fired upon by forces from Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the US during a sinking exercise (SINKEX) – allowing troops to practise tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea. 

The exercise is part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

Twenty six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC – the world's largest international maritime exercise – until 4 August.

RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining co-operative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.