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US Navy sinks old ship during Hawaii exercise

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HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Navy sank a decommissioned ship off Hawaii as part of a live-fire exercise.

The Navy says the former USS Niagara Falls was sent to a watery grave 63 miles southwest off the island of Kauai Saturday.

It's the first time since 2010 the Navy used target practice to dispose of an old ship. The practice is known as Sinkex, short for sinking exercise. The exercise using old warships for target practice and sinking them in U.S. coastal waters resumed after a nearly 2-year moratorium spurred by environmental and cost concerns.

Two other inactive vessels will be sunk by torpedoes, bombs and other ordnance this month during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises, or RIMPAC.

The Navy says it observes strict environmental compliance during sinking exercises.

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