US and UK naval and air forces sank the decommissioned guided-missile frigate USS Boone during a multi-area training exercise in the North Atlantic.
The “Atlantic Thunder 22” exercise was organized to improve the countries’ skills in tactics, targeting and live fire against a surface target at sea.
During the exercise, a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter fired Marlet air-to-surface missiles at the US vessel, decommissioned in February 2012 after 30 years of service.
“The helicopters provided inaugural laser targeting for the British Royal Air Force fixed-wing Typhoons using Paveway IV precision-guided munitions,” the US Navy said in a statement. statement.
All that naval power 💥
Ships and aircraft from the UK and US conducted a long-planned Multi-Area Sinking Exercise (SINKEX) called Atlantic Thunder 22 in the North Atlantic on September 7, 2022.#MarinePartnerships
— US Navy (@USNavy) September 24, 2022
US Air Force F-15E Eagles launched joint direct attack maritime munitions, while US Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft fired a long-range anti-ship missile.
The USS Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer also offloaded a Standard Missile 6, and the UK’s HMS Westminster fired a salvo of RGM-84D Harpoon missiles which eventually sank the ship.
“Ex Atlantic Thunder demonstrated that British and American naval and air forces can integrate to provide an end-to-end kill chain against a long-range maritime target,” the British commander said. Ed Moss Ward said.
“The integration of high-end weapons, sensors and communications with our NATO allies is essential to the Alliance’s collective combat capability demonstrated by the sinking exercise. The firings supported the development of the Royal Navy’s targeting and weapons capabilities, and enabled [the] opportunity to conduct realistic training to validate tactics and operational procedures.