ORISKANY - PHOTO FINISH

SINKING OF A GREAT SHIP
Forwarded by Slim Russell

Here are some great photos of the sinking of the decommissioned USS ORISKANY (CV-34), taking the stripped-down 888-foot former aircraft carrier to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico to form an artificial reef 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, FL.

The actual sinking took approximately 37 minutes on May 17, 2006.

The small boat on the flight deck contained a generator and electronics to set off the explosions. The operation was designed so that this small boat would float free after the carrier sunk (last photo).