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Never a Good Day When you Sink a Warship [VIDEO]

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July 4, 2012

It’s always a sad day when a ship is scrapped, but to see a ship destroyed or sunk in a ferocious manner may turn your stomach, particularly if you’ve served on that ship.

In recent years, many of the United States Navy’s Spruance-class destroyers have seen a particularly violent exclamation point at the end of their useful service life.  Here are some videos and images showing a few of the different ways these ships have ended up at the bottom of the ocean…

A combination of missiles, 5-inch rounds, small arms, and a Mk 82, 500-pound bomb dropped from a F/A-18 Hornet…

Mark 48 torpedo…

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Test firing of the Mark 48 torpedo by the Australian Navy to scuttle HMAS Torrens.

The Radford’s sea chests and hatches were left open and the ship was sent to the bottom gently…

Harpoon Missiles, Laser-guided bombs, and Maverick Missiles…

The Oriskany was rigged with high explosives and is now a destination for divers in the Gulf of Mexico

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Test of a 23kT nuclear fission bomb – Operation Crossroads, Image courtesy U.S. Army Photographic Signal Corps



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