USS Oriskany

In last Friday’s Linkzookery, I noted that the plan to sink the USS Oriskany as an artificial reef was finally moving ahead again. While looking for something else, I happened upon this pic of the old carrier:

Onlookers watch as the 888-foot, decommissioned aircraft carrier Oriskany arrives in Pensacola, Fla. from Corpus Christi, Texas, Jan. 11, 2005. Oriskany will be the Navy’s first ship to be sunk under the authority provided under the fiscal year 2004 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 108-136), and will be the largest ship sunk as an artificial reef. U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols

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  1. She would have been the largest ship ever sunk for a reef….but the USS America holds that title now. The 84,000-ton, 1,048-foot warship, which served the Navy for 32 years, thus became the first U.S. carrier to be sunk since 1951, and the largest warship ever sunk. Osriskany ain’t as big. But just the same she will form a ‘great carrier reef’… yea, I really typed that.

  2. I want to see pics of the USS America sinking… that would be… well, ive never seen a modern CV sink.

  3. The AMERICA is far larger than the ORISKANY, but the former was sunk in deep water during weapons and engineering tests. The ORISKANY is being sunk specifically as an artificial reef. Skrip: The AMERICA sinking pics are currently classified.