The U.S. military destroyed the decommissioned frigate Ingraham during an exercise. Video from the August 24 Sinking Exercise was posted on the U.S. Navy’s YouTube channel.
On August 15 the Ingraham was hit by missiles and then fired a Mark 48 torpedo. As a result, the ship broke into several parts and sank, writes The Drive.
The Ingraham was the last of the Oliver Hazard Perry type ships. They were built in the 1970s and are still in use in a number of countries. The ship was removed from the U.S. Navy in 2015.
On August 17, the head of the Northern Command of the United States Armed Forces, General Glen Vanhurk, said that Russia posed the main military threat to the United States. He specified that the Russian Federation and China “have developed very advanced means” in the cyber and space spheres.
On July 19, the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov successfully fired the Tsirkon hypersonic missile at a ground target in the White Sea. The flight speed was 7 Mach and the range was over 350 km. The Russian Defense Ministry plans to equip the Tsirkon system to submarines and surface ships of the Russian Navy.
On the same day, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby called Russia’s new hypersonic missiles a destabilizing factor because they can carry a nuclear charge.
In March, analysts with the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet argued that Russia’s possession of ground-based air defense systems showed its superiority over NATO. Experts stressed that the organization has fewer of these types of weapons at its disposal.