ABOARD THE MV DELAWARE (AP) — A former Navy destroyer now has a new purpose as an artificial reef off the East Coast.
Officials say the 563-foot Arthur W. Radford is the longest vessel ever sunk as an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean.
It went down late Wednesday afternoon to a resting spot in the Del-Jersey-Land reef created by the states of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. It's about 26 miles off the Indian River Inlet in Delaware; Ocean City, Md., and Cape May, N.J.
The ship was retired in 2003 after 26 years of use by the Navy.
It joins other manmade items in that part of the Atlantic, including old New York City subway cars. The submerged objects create habitats for sea life and new opportunities for deep-sea anglers and scuba divers.