Decommissioned USS Arthur W. Radford to Become Artificial Reef

by OldSailor on August 28, 2009


Ex_Arthur_W_Radford_3 Decommissioned destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) is set to become an artificial reef to benefit marine life, fishing and recreational diving.

Some interesting features of ex-Arthur W. Radford’s artificial reef program are:

  • The vessel will be reefed at the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Site (developed jointly by Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey), off the Delaware Coast approximately 26 miles southeast of the Indian River Inlet at a depth of 120-130 feet.
  • The states will be responsible for preparations, activities associated with reefing of the vessel, monitoring and managing the vessel as an artificial reef.
  • Vessel details:
    • Present location: Philadelphia, PA
    • Length: 563 ft.
    • Draft: 32 ft.
    • Extreme Width: 55 ft.
    • Air Draft: 140’ 1” ft.
    • Commissioned: April 15, 1977.
    • Decommissioned: March 18, 2003.
    • Stricken from NVR: April 06, 2004.
  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) will work out the details of the timeline for reefing.

Here are the photographs of ex-Arthur W. Radford from ‘Team Ships – Inactive Ships Program’.

Ex_Arthur_W_Radford_1 Ex_Arthur_W_Radford_2

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