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RIMPAC crews sink former Navy ship Niagara Falls off Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:20 p.m. HST, Jul 15, 2012

A live-fire exercise sank the former Navy ship Niagara Falls southwest of Kauai on Saturday, the Navy said.

The exercise was part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 naval exercises.

“These exercises provide important opportunities for realistic at-sea training with live ordnance, conditions that cannot be duplicated otherwise,” Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman, 3rd Fleet commander, said in a statement Sunday.

The ship went down in waters 15,480 feet deep, 63 miles southwest of Kauai about 11:31 a.m. Saturday, the Navy said.

The Navy says a sinking exercise or SINKEX gives crews the opportunity to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against surface targets, which enhances combat readiness of deployable units.

The former USS Niagara Falls was a Mars-class combat stores ship commissioned in April 1967, decommissioned and transferred to Military Sealift Command in September 1994 and deactivated in September 2008.

Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise through Aug. 3 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. 

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ssstar wrote:
Too bad Hawaii doesn't sunk one as a artificial reef near shore.
on July 15,2012 | 08:41PM
busthalfnut wrote:
I have tickets for a Stevie Wonder concert to be held on the deck of that ship in two weeks. Are they going to raise it back up?
on July 15,2012 | 09:06PM
cojef wrote:
A friend forwarded an email sent by the president of UH to her associates, attempting to diffuse the Stevie Wonder debacle. Nothing earth shaking, as SA has decimanated most of what is included in the email. Thought it would worth something but just trash paper I guess.
on July 16,2012 | 07:37AM
duke246974 wrote:
What's going to happen with the sunken ship now? I hope they're not going to leave it at the bottom of the ocean.
on July 16,2012 | 07:43AM
Notawannabe wrote:
Of course they're going to leave it there. The planet is just one big dumping ground, didn't you know?
on July 16,2012 | 07:54AM
Fred01 wrote:
I think they will probably pull it back up and fix it.
on July 16,2012 | 09:27AM
kekelaward wrote:
Niagara Falls! Slowly I turn...step by step....inch by inch...
on July 16,2012 | 08:39AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
New fish hotel?
on July 16,2012 | 10:57AM
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