Missiles Sink Two Retired Navy Ships

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PACIFIC OCEAN (July, 2014) The ex-USS Ogden (LPD 5) & ex-USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) are fired upon by harpoon missiles from the Republic of Korea (ROKS) submarine LeeSunSin (SS 068) and by a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F 310) during a SINKEX as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

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    JMARKOE Aug 12, 2014

    It seem like such a waste of money to do this. These ship cost millions of dollars to build. It seems like they could do something with them instead of sending the ships to it's graves at the bottom of the seas.

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    29324995 Aug 12, 2014

    I remember working on the construction of this ship, LCD-5 in the N.Y. Naval Shipyard. cant believe it was retired this way. Seems like yesterday but it was in the mid 60,s.

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    22586032 Aug 22, 2014

    I served on USS Peoria (LST-1183) and made WESTPACS with both ships. Heard the P-Boat was also used as a target. I do not like watching these videos, am here to make a comment. Proud ships - inglorious ends.

  4. TeXan1111
    TeXan1111 Aug 28, 2014

    Why can't we send these to brownsville for salvage. They can be made into refrigrators cars and other useful items.

  5. 34375545
    34375545 Oct 02, 2015

    I served on the U.S.S. Ogden LPD-5 from 1967 to 1969 and was behind the helm of this ship for many hours. She was a good ship and we seldom had any engineering problems with her. She handled well too and answered quickly to the helm because of her big twin rudders. I remember one day a junior officer was learning ship handling and had the OOD He gave me a significant course change and did not specify how much rudder to use. So for fun I remember using right full rudder. Within about 10 seconds we were turning to starboard at a fast clip and the "panoramic" view through the bridge widows was moving left at a very fast rate. The officer has been looking a a chart with another officer. After 20 seconds or so he looked up and saw the view through the windows and began screaming at me. A senior Officer who knew me began to laugh and said it's ok he knows what he is doing. Well I did, and I reversed rudder to full left when I was 10 degrees away from the position he had ordered. Those big rudders kicked in and she stopped dead on the heading he had ordered. She was a good ship and well designed. P.C.M.

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    28980284 Dec 14, 2015

    I served on USS Spruance DD-963 she met the same fate. She was a good ship, fastest destroyer out of NS Mayport at the time (1999-20002. I believe she was SINKEX in 2005.

  7. 29336665
    29336665 Jul 14, 2016

    Great photo's but it sinks a little of me when seeing a ship go down. allenermer@yahoo.com

  8. 34383495
    34383495 Jul 29, 2016

    I was a crew member on the America. It had the same ending. It's a lot of scrap iron to waste but a great training aid. I wonder how officials account for no fuels or oils aboard, no ammo, no damage control. We don't see the film from cameras aboard to show inboard damage. The stress marks on the frigates stbd. side I can't imagine what it looks like inside.

  9. sessexFL
    sessexFL Aug 24, 2016

    I was on Nashville, another LPD in the 70s, they are old and obsolete. The Spruance class ships had twice the radar image of the new ones. The Raleigh Class LPDs had same problem. I just wish they'd replace them with enough firepower to keep the critters out.

  10. charlesvr
    charlesvr Dec 18, 2016

    I was serving aboard the USS Pharris (ff1094)a steam powered frigate, when this little tin can (a Perry class) went roaring by us like we were standing still. The Perry Class was a superb warfighter and I get teary when I see a great warship sink. It ain't normal... MMC Reynolds (Ret.)

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    35831236 Jan 15, 2017

    I served on the USS Ogden as a Combat Information Officer from 1966 through 1970 for her tours in Vietnam. Well trained crews and marines. Sad fate for a ship of the line, but all good things end. She would not survive in today's high tech long-range sea warfare. Under-gunned and unable to defend herself in a serious fire fight. But my salute to her and the crews that served her proudly.

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