Turkish Navy Sinks An Old Landing Ship During Exercise
3 Jun 2014 4 Comments
The decommissioned Terrebonne Parish Class tank landing ship Serdar left us with a big bang.
On 30 May 2014 she was sunk as a target during the final day of the Beyaz Fırtına 2014 naval exercise.
She did not down easily. She was hit by a FIM-92 Stinger, two AGM-114 Hellfire and one RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missiles. According to media report one AGM-119 Penguin missiles is also fired at ex- Serdar
but I was not able to verify this visually. On 3 June 2014 Turkish Navy published some photos from the firing exercise one photo clearly show the firing of the Penguin missile.
In addition to these missiles two undisclosed torpedoes were fired from TCG Saldıray and TCG Batıray.
The old landing ship was not the only target. Two RIM-162 ESSM missiles and one RIM-116 RAM missile were fired against drones launched from F-246 TCG Salihreis.
8 frigates, 3 corvettes, 18 fast attack craft 6 submarines 3 mine hunters and 31 other vessels took part in the exercise.
Here is a fine video from the final day of the exercise: