The USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg now rests at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. This retired U.S. Navy warship was intentionally sunk on Wednesday in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It will become the world’s second-largest artificial coral reef.
The ship sank in less than 2 minutes. The goal of this project is “to divert fishing and diving pressure away from natural reefs.” Built in 1943, the Vandenberg is 522 feet long and weighed 17,250 tons.