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F-35B fighter aircraft sink Philippine corvette ex-BRP Pangasinan.

| 2023

According to a tweet published by Frances Mangosing on April 26, 2023, a US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft sunk the corvette BRP Pangasinan from the Philippine Navy during Balikatasan 23.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Ex-BRP Pangasinan struck by F-35B fighter aircraft. (Picture source: Philippine Air Force)

The term "Sinkex" refers to a military exercise in which a decommissioned vessel is intentionally sunk, typically for the purpose of providing target practice for naval forces. Sinkex exercises are an important part of military training, as they allow naval forces to practice firing on moving targets and test the effectiveness of different types of weapons.

One type of vessel commonly used in Sinkex exercises is the target ship. Target ships are former naval vessels that have been specifically modified and equipped for use in Sinkex exercises.

These vessels may have their engines, navigation systems, and other equipment removed, and are often filled with ballast to ensure that they sink quickly and safely.

Target ships can be used for a variety of training exercises, ranging from testing the accuracy of missile systems to practicing small arms fire. Sinkex exercises also provide an opportunity for naval forces to practice working together in a coordinated manner, as multiple vessels may be involved in the exercise.

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