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’.
Read more from Naval Sea Systems Command.
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