Records on file show USS
Kawishiwi AO-146 refueled
1 time in 1966, 2 times in 1967 and 5 times in 1971, there were surely
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This is how she appeared
Photo taken in Pacific - in June 1966 from DD-858 by Richard
Bashi Channel, (between
and Taiwan) June 23, 1966 - also by Richard Leonhart
USS Oriskany CVA-34 was
sunk on May 17, 2006 She now lies 24
Pensacola Beach in 212
water with top being just 55 feet deep and flight deck at 130 ft.
creating the worlds largest man-made reef.
View her sinking VIDEO
Diving the Oriskany
She was home to John McCain when the Navy pilot and
served in Vietnam.
Notice the small boat on deck - it stays afloat.
explosives went off
with bright flashes of light and clouds of brown and gray smoke.
The rusted hulk took 37
minutes to slip beneath the smooth sea
After the blasts, an
smell hung in the air. She went down stern first.
The blue sea churned a
white as the deck - bright orange with rust, slid under.
Words are from
Seattle's 5-18-06 P-I; written by Melissa Nelson of the AP
Photos from MURDOC ONLINE
Military ships used as artificial
reefs (from reef planning PDF)
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