Second ship sunk off Kauai as part of RIMPAC exercises

BARKING SANDS, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another large ship has been sunk off Kauai as part of RIMPAC exercises.

It's the second sinking so far in this year's RIMPAC games, the world's largest international maritime exercises.

In a news release, RIMPAC said the exercise provided the opportunity to "gain proficiency and confidence in their weapons and systems through realistic training that could not be duplicated in simulators."

Video of this year's first sinking exercise was posted online earlier this week.

RIMPAC has not yet released footage of Thursday's event, which sank the decommissioned frigate USS McClusky.

RIMPAC says each SINKEX takes place at least 57 miles from land.

Surveys are conducted to ensure people and marine mammals are not harmed during the event.

Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC, which runs through Aug. 2.

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