Annual War Games and a Sinking Ship

October 5, 2020

Annual War Games and a Sinking Ship

Though COVID-19 significantly diminished military functions this year, the U.S. Navy and its allies are still performing essential functions and participating in critical war games.

On Aug. 30, during the annual U.S. Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the Navy sank the USS Durham, a 1969 cargo ship that was decommissioned in 1994.

Between Aug. 17 to 31, one submarine, 10 nations, 22 surface ships and approximately 5,300 personnel participated in RIMPAC in the waters surrounding Hawaii.

The 2020 RIMPAC was the 27th international maritime military exercise. Founded in 1971, these unique training drills are designed to champion teamwork, ensure safety and enhance interoperability and strategy.

Despite setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is intended that maritime military exercises will persist and continue to strengthen the military community.

For footage of the USS Durham RIMPAC war game, visit