Former destroyer to be sunk off southern Delaware coast as part of artificial reef project

The 563-foot Arthur Radford, a former Navy destroyer, is being sunk to the bottom of the sea about 26 miles east of Indian River Inlet today as part of a project to expand an artificial reef. 

 

The ship was used for 26 years by the Navy before being retired in 2003.  Old New York City subway cars are also part of the reef, which is designed to encourage growth of marine life.

The sinking is scheduled for today after much preparation at the Navy Yard, as WHYY’s Peter Crimmins reported.

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