Unterwasser : March 2007 (Oriskany)



In this article published in the German magazine Unterwasser, a complete article about the biggest wreck ever sunk in the ocean : the Oriskany..
Here is the beginning of the article :

"A new program conducted by the Navy, some National Agencies and some local area commissions has scheduled to scuttle some old war ships around the US coast. The first experience started off the Florida coast in May 17, 2006. Environmental and economic issues are the main guidelines that direct the project.

The former USS Oriskany, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, became the largest ship intentionally sunk as an artificial reef May 17, 2006. The ship successfully sunk in 212 feet of water approximately 24 miles off the Florida coast near Pensacola. After 25 years of service on Mediterranean Sea, Korean and Vietnam, the USS Oriskany will now benefit marine life, sport fishing and recreational diving off the Florida panhandle. The 888-foot and 32,000 ton ship is sunk in a north-south orientation at a depth requested by the Florida State. A similar experience has been tested off the Keys coast in Florida. The USS Spiegel, a retired cargo vessel was scuttled in 2002 off Key Largo. But it was a civilian project, paid for with a combination of county and private money. For the sinking, the Navy has been working with the U.S.

The first challenge to deal with was the environmental aspect. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Escambia County Marine Resources Division and the local Pensacola area community for three years to study and to demonstrate that the ship will create an environmentally safe artificial reef. The USS Oriskany was..."

To continue in the issue of March 2007 in Unterwasser.