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Friday, September 11, 2009

Retired Navy Destroyer Slated For Artificial Reef

U.S.S. Arthur W. RadfordThe growing artificial reef system off the coast of Ocean City could be getting its largest contribution ever as plans to scuttle a retired U.S. Navy destroyer in an area about 30 miles from the Inlet are now closer than ever to becoming a reality.

Navy officials announced late last month it is transferring ownership of the decommissioned destroyer U.S.S. Arthur W. Radford to the state of Delaware, a crucial next step in the ongoing effort to sink the vessel to create a vast artificial reef site off the mid-Atlantic coast.

The Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI) is partnering with the states of Delaware and New Jersey to acquire the 563-foot Radford, which has been stored at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard while awaiting its fate.

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