USS Oriskany Returns to Northwest Florida

The USS Oriskany is back in Pensacola, Florida.

The Navy plans to sink the famed Korea and Vietnam-era aircraft carrier and make it the world's largest intentionally created reef.

The Oriskany was first in Pensacola in December 2004, but was towed to Beaumont, Texas, in June to shelter it from last year's 2005 hurricanes.

Pensacola residents and city officials hope the ship's long-delayed sinking will boost the slumbering tourism industry by brining in sport divers and fisherman.

If the Oriskany is sunk according to plan on May 17, it would become the first Navy ship scuttled under a pilot program to reef old warships.

Arizona Senator John McCain flew off the Oriskany before he was taken captive in Vietnam. The Oriskany also saw combat in Korea and was featured in movies “The Bridges of Toko Ri'' and “The Men of the Fighting Lady.”


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