According to foreign media reports, as part of the U.S. military’s 2021 large-scale military exercise, the U.S. joint force conducted a multi-service coordinated and multi-domain long-range sea strike exercise in the exercise area near the Hawaiian Islands on August 15. Various types of precision-guided munitions and missiles were launched on various platforms, including air-based and sea-based platforms, and accurately hit and successfully destroyed the target ship-the U.S. Navy’s retired guided missile frigate “Ingram”.
It is reported that the ship is the last Perry-class frigate kept by the U.S. Navy. This type of frigate designed and built in the late Cold War had all withdrawn from active service in the U.S. Navy as early as 2015, and a large part of it was sold by the U.S. or gifted to other countries. For the navy, the rest was either dismantled or sunk as a target ship during exercises. According to the exercise plan, the “Ingram” was sunk about 50 nautical miles from the coast of Hawaii at a depth of 1,800 meters to ensure that the wreckage of the warship would not affect shipping and the ecological environment.
In addition to land-based anti-ship missiles, the F/A-18E “Super Hornet” fighter jets from the “Carl Vinson” aircraft carrier also launched AGM-154 joint attack munitions during the exercise. A P-8A “Poseidon” patrol aircraft launched the UGM-84 “Whaling Fork” anti-ship missile in coordination. In addition, the US military also tested the launch of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from C-130 and LCAC air cushion landing craft. The missile accurately hit the target ship “Ingram” after flying about 100 nautical miles. The naval strike missile is a new type of high subsonic anti-ship missile developed by Norway. It entered service in 2012 and has a maximum range of 555 kilometers. It can be installed on ships and land-based launch platforms. The US Navy introduced this type of missile in 2014. , Equipped with Freedom-class and Independent-class frequency sea combat ships.