2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 6 May 2005 04:35:12 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] USS Oriskany sent back to "ghost fleet"
Retired carrier Oriskany moving from Pensacola to Texas

The Associated Press
Sarasota Herald Tribune
May 3, 2005

PENSACOLA, Fla. The retired aircraft carrier USS Oriskany will be returned to Texas to ride out the hurricane season while environmental studies continue to determine if it can be safely sunk as an artificial reef off Pensacola, the Navy said Tuesday.

The 888-foot carrier, a combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, would be the largest ship ever purposely sunk to serve as a reef, but the project has run into repeated environmental snags.

The ship will be moved later this month to a Navy Reserve Fleet facility at Beaumont, Texas, where it will remain at least until after this year's hurricane season, Navy officials said. It could remain there until after the 2006 season if there are additional delays in obtaining a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Towing the ship to Beaumont for the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, is the best and least costly way to prevent possible storm damage to the vessel and Pensacola's port, Navy officials said.


For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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