Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off
, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb
fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Hawaii Kilauea's
hull, striking the ship below the bridge. (all photos : Aus DoD)
The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb has successfully sunk a target ship, the 12,106-tonne former USNS (United States Navy Ship) Kilauea in
Farncomb, a Collins Class submarine, fired one Mark 48 Torpedo and achieved a hit just below the bridge of the ship as part of a sinking exercise, or “SINKEX,” at Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
The former USNS Kilauea broke into two parts and sank about 40 minutes later.
The submarine’s Commanding Officer, Commander Glen Miles, said the firing is a significant milestone for both himself and his 60-strong crew.
“This is the result of professionalism and teamwork,” Commander Miles said.
“Those of us who drive these boats know that the Collins’ weapons systems are among the most capable in the world.”
Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail aircraft are also providing air support.
HMAS Farncomb (photo : jigar)
“HMAS Farncomb’s success reminds us yet again of the invaluable role submarines play in modern warfare,” Commodore Mayer said.
“RIMPAC allows us to train with our allies for a worst case scenario in a real life environment.”
The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC, provides a unique training opportunity helping participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
RIMPAC 2012 will conclude on 3 August 2012.