posted on Dec, 12 2005 @ 07:56 PM
Originally posted by Browno
The USS Oriskany is an Essex class carrier that has served the Korean and Vietnam war, It was retired in the late 1970s. I read on some site that it
will be sunk off pensacola FL at the end of 2005 or next year maybe?.
Does anyone know when its going to be sunk?
[edit on 5-12-2005 by Browno]
[edit on 6-12-2005 by John bull 1]
Yes the EX-USS Oriskany will eventually be sunk 24 miles SSE of the Pensacola Pass in 212' of water. If she sinks upright, the top of the 'island'
portion of the superstructure will be within 50' of the surface. Prior to sinking her, there have been enormous efforts to rid the vessel of
hazardous materials such as PCB's, Asbestos, Lubricants, Lead, etc.
The EX-Oriskany was towed from the port of Beaumont, TX to Pensacola almost exactly one year ago. Final 'de-tox' of the vessel continued at an
enormously slow pace due to extremely inept inspection responses from the EPA when each 'de-tox' milestone was reached. Then as hurricane season
approached, all involved in the project including the Navy, wanted the EX-Oriskany towed back to Beaumont, TX to sit it out for Hurricane Season -
good thing too since Hurricane Dennis struck Pensacola in July '05.
There is still some debate on what will happen now that Hurricane Season is officially over. It's mostly a matter of finding appropriate dock space
to make the final preparations. We're hearing from various local sources here in Pensacola that April '06 is now the targeted sinking date. I will
certainly make a post on here far in advance when I know for sure. Also, I plan to be on my boat video taping the sinking and you can count on an
MPEG of it being posted too.
In the meantime, here is a pic of the Mighty-O I took from my boat while it was still at the Port of Pensacola last spring.