Normally, when a ship sets sail, one of the goals is to avoid sinking. However, USNS Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg cast off yesterday with the express purpose of ending up at the bottom of the briny deep. Purchased by Key West for $8.6 million, the former U.S. Navy ship was then sunk by demolition experts to provide a platform for a new coral reef.
The 523-foot-long Vandenberg served as a troop transport in World War Two and a missile-tracking radar ship during the Cold War. Now it forms the second largest intentionally created artificial reef in the world. Reef health is important for southern Florida both because of the tourism dollars it brings in, and because the the reef formed over the Vandenberg will help preserve biodiversity in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary by drawing tourists away from the more ecologically fragile natural reefs. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Florida Reef track in the Marine Sanctuary is the third longest coral reef area in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the Belizian Barrier Reef of, well, Belize.
Whoa...how could you mention the USNS Vandenberg and not mention that Jamie Lee Curtis ran all around this ship in the movie "Virus"? Priorities are, after all, priorities...
I want to know how it can be healthy to sink a ship as a reef.
hey Mr. miller imma out some notes here.... did u think of that ha ha ha ha ha haaaa
-failure to launch is a good movie
i suggest u watch it as u grade papers.
but honestly ur a good teacher
I know this has been done other places with success, this will be interesting.
a pity they sank the antenna arrays with the ship. It seems they could have been used elsewhere, but it may have been cheaper to sink them I guess.
I do the same thing with my car every 5 years. I call it recycle. Would this ship have better served as a home for unfortunate human beings by the shore? Those who sunk this to decay and invent homes for a coral reef in fact the better idea? What another filthy trick to do to the Earth to create more money for the few.
How can this be bad? they should do this all over the world but on mass scale. Particularly in the australian reefs where the little fishies are dying out. which is so sad because a reef is home to the worlds most diverse populations of fish and needs to stay that way. And as for us humans who are homeless near the shores we have options when we have nowhere to go the fish dont, they live in very fragile ecosystems that we harm on a day to day basis and has this minor impact on us in the short term but has a huge impact in the long run because the worlds ecosytems work in harmony together. If one falls, the impacts are felt all over the world in ways we have yet to understand. So good job navy!
How healthy -- after all of what they did below it should be pretty healthy!
It has taken around 75,000 man-hours to prepare the vessel environmentally safe to sink. Preparations include removal of
71 cubic yards of asbestos
900,000 feet of wiring
193 tons of materials that contained potentially carcinogenic substances
46 tons of refuse
300 pounds of mercury-containing materials
185 drums of paint chips in 55-gallon drums
This is actually an airforce ship and I plan on diving it soon. My did is retired airforce and AF active duty, reserve and retirees are allowed to dive this wreck. Should be cool to see it before the ships name is covered by coral.