USS Thorn Sinkex
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Special thanks goes to Richard "Rusty" Hopp who was an OSCS stationed
on the thorn from February 1991 to January 1995 who informed me that the
USS thorn DD 988 was expended as a test/target on 22 July 06.

His friend Dexter Vance a retired DCCM that was a DCCS while on board the
Thorn was contracted to run tests and finally sink the good ship Thorn.

Note: Satellite photo of the Thorns final resting place below.
"Rusty" Hopp also forwarded the following Navy memo:
ROUTINE

R 311556Z JUL 06 PSN 443847I30

FM PEO LMW WASHINGTON DC

TO ZEN/CNO WASHINGTON DC

INFO ATLANTIC FLEET EXERCISE COORDINATION CENTER OCEANA VA FACSFAC
VACAPES OCEANA VA COMSUBLANT NORFOLK VA COMNAVAIRLANT NORFOLK VA
COMNAVAIRLANT NORFOLK VA COMSTRKFORTRALANT COMNAVSURFLANT NORFOLK VA
COMSECONDFLT COMUSFLTFORCOM NORFOLK VA ZEN/NAVSEA INACTSHIPOFF
PORTSMOUTH VA ZEN/NAVSEA INACTSHIPMAINTO PHILADELPHIA PA ZEN/NGA
NAVSAFETY BETHESDA MD ZEN/NAVHISTCEN WASHINGTON DC ZEN/COMSC WASHINGTON
DC ZEN/PEO LMW WASHINGTON DC ZEN/PEO SHIPS WASHINGTON DC

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UNCLAS
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SIC: N08370

SUBJ: SINKEX OF EX-THORN (DD-988)//
UNCLASSIFIED//
UNCLAS //N08370//
PASS TO OFFICE CODES:
CNO WASHINGTON DC//N43//
COMUSFLTFORCOM NORFOLK VA//N3/N5/N7/N73/N731/N77// CNO WASHINGTON
DC//N45// PEO SHIPS WASHINGTON DC//PMS333// PEO LMW WASHINGTON
DC//PMSNSW// COMNAVSURFLANT NORFOLK VA//N3/N7// COMNAVAIRLANT NORFOLK
VA//N3/N4// COMSUBLANT NORFOLK VA//N3/N7//

MSGID/GENADMIN/PEO LMW WASHINGTON DC PMSNSW/6075/JUL//

SUBJ/SINKEX OF EX-THORN (DD-988)//

REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC N43/051338ZJUL2006//

REF/B/DOC/OVERSEAS EA FOR EX-THORN/30JUN2006//

NARR/REF A IS THE SINKEX APPROVAL MESSAGE FOR EX-THORN (DD-988). REF B
IS THE OVERSEAS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE WEAPONS EFFECTS TEST
ON
EX-THORN.// POC/RICHARD RUEHLIN/CAPTAIN/PEO LMW/LOC:WASHINGTON DC
/TEL:(202)781-0758/TEL:DSN 326-0758/EMAIL:RICHARD.RUEHLIN@NAVY.MIL//
POC/WILLIAM PAPE/CIV/PEO LMW/LOC:WASHINGTON DC/TEL:(202)781-4061
/TEL:DSN 326-4061/EMAIL:WILLIAM.PAPE@NAVY.MIL//

RMKS/1. THE SINKEX OF EX-THORN (DD-988) WAS CONDUCTED AT 0850 ON 22 JUL
06 IAW REQUIREMENTS STATED IN REF A. ALL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIVE
MEASURES CITED IN REF B WERE CARRIED OUT.

2. LOCATION COORDINATES OF THE EX-THORN SINKEX: 32:59.08N AND
75:06.91W.
DEPTH OF WATER AT SINKEX LOCATION WAS 12,792 FT AND SURFACE WATER
TEMPERATURE WAS APPROXIMATELY 82 DEG F.//

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