Couple more pics of Oriskany

Engineering Technicians for Computer Science Corporation (C.S.C.) Beddy Mcbride and Allen Dunbar, overlook the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34), during preparations to sink the vessel. Known as the “Big O,” the 32,000-ton, 888-foot Oriskany is in Pensacola, where it is being prepared for its final journey. Oriskany is schedule to be scuttled 22 miles south of Pensacola in approximately 212 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico May 17, 2006, where it will become the largest ship ever intentionally sunk as an artificial reef. After the Oriskany reaches the bottom, ownership of the vessel will transfer from the Navy to the State of Florida. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman David R. Quillen (RELEASED)

Decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) sits in port at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, while undergoing necessary maintenance.

Originals here and here.


  1. Why not sink it with a bombing exercise? Start with the smallest possible weapons, and work up. We need to learn just what it takes to sink a carrier.

  2. man why couldn’t they have sunk her in 150 feet of water, at least within good scuba diving range? While I’d dive that puppy in a heartbeat, 212 is pushing it…

  3. ACE: The Navy sank the USS America last year in a major test of that sort of thing, though they claim to have used pre-placed explosives to simulate weapon hits rather than actual bombs, missiles, and torps. Obviously, they haven’t made any details public. Not even pictures, which would be quite something to see. John: The seafloor is 212, but the top of the superstructure will be only 60 feet down and the flight deck about 130. If all goes according to plan. FWIW, local hospitals are gearing up for an increase in diving injuries due to the Oriskany…

  4. Hey my older brother was on the ORISKANY during VIETNAM so why instead of sinking the ship why dont we instead tear downb the UN buildomg and shut down all those UN WORLD HERATAGE SITES