USS Arthur Radford will sink into the Delaware Bay tonight

    It takes an awful lot of work to sink a ship.

    Before it descends into the Delaware Bay tonight, the USS Arthur Radford had to be stripped of its shells, phosphorous, missile systems and hand grenades. The battleship will become an artificial reef along the East Coast.

    WHYY/NewsWorks’ Kim Paynter will be there watching as the Arthur Radford sinks 130 feet into the water off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As you might have heard on NewsWorks Tonight last evening, the three states split the cost to sink the ship with the hopes of securing tourism revenue through fishing and scuba diving near the reef.

    Check out photos of the ship here, before it’s under water.

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