Why Was US Navy Ship Sunk?

The U.S.S. Kittiwake, a decommissioned U.S. navy submarine rescue ship, has found a new home on the bottom of the ocean off the Cayman Islands.

The 1945-vintage submarine rescue ship, which was sunk on Wednesday, will become an artificial reef and new tourist attraction at the northern end of Seven Mile Beach. The 47-foot-tall ship rests at a depth of 62 feet and the top deck is about 15 feet from the surface, making it easily accessible to divers and snorkelers, according to Cayman 27.

Premier McKeeva Bush says the operation "represents the single most significant occurrence in a decade for Cayman's dive industry."

The navy submarine rescue vessel was in service from 1946 to 1994.

Jon Glatstein, who was a sailor on the vessel from 1984 to 1986, traveled to the Cayman Islands to watch his old ship sink with mixed feelings, reports the AP.

"This is the first time I've seen the ship in 25 years, and she's in pretty rough shape. But she's been serving divers all her life and now she's going to continue doing just that. That's got to be a whole lot better than getting melted down for razor blades," said Glatstein, an IT manager in Miami.

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