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Second ship sunk during RIMPAC exercises

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Four days after the ex-USS Niagra Falls was sunk 63 miles southwest of Kauai, another former naval vessel was sent to the bottom of the ocean on Tuesday following a live-fire exchange as part of the 2012 Rim of the Pacific training exercise.

The ex-USS Concord, a Mars-class combat stores ship, sank in waters 15,390 feet deep approximately 61 miles off the coast of Kauai at approximately 4:12 p.m.

A sink exercise, or SINKEX, allows participating naval organizations an opportunity to target and live fire upon surface targets like decommissioned ships. The Environmental Protection Agency has strict regulations for the sinking of such ships, requiring that they be sank in at least 1,000 fathoms, or 6,000 feet of water, and at least 50 nautical miles from land.

The ship was the second of three vessels scheduled to be sunk during RIMPAC.

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