Ex-Navy destroyer Radford to be sunk as artificial reef
As part of the first multi-state reefing effort, Delaware
soon will take title to the decommissioned Navy destroyer
ex-Arthur W. Radford to have the former warship sunk
next year at an artificial reef off the Indian River
The Radford, at a length of 563 feet, will be the longest
vessel ever reefed in the Atlantic, with the sinking
to take place at the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore site located
26 miles southeast of the Indian River Inlet.
The sinking is expected to occur in late spring or summer
of 2010, over the jointly-developed Del-Jersey-Land reef.
The reef is a collaborative effort of the three states
cited in its name – Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland
– and comprises an area of about one square mile with
a depth of 120 to 130 feet.