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Veteran dives on wreckage of his former unit - video

A dive by the US Navy veteran Pete Larson, who decided to visit the wreck of the USS “Kittewake”, the ship on which he once served, turned out to be an extremely beautiful experience. It is worth noting that the vessel, after serving its years, gained new life and was turned into one of the
Published: April 13, 2019 - 19:14
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:02
Veteran dives on wreckage of his former unit – video

A dive by the US Navy veteran Pete Larson, who decided to visit the wreck of the USS “Kittewake”, the ship on which he once served, turned out to be an extremely beautiful experience. It is worth noting that the vessel, after serving its years, gained new life and was turned into one of the biggest diving attractions in the Cayman Islands!

Larson went on his sentimental journey to Grand Cayman, in the Caribbean Sea, to see the distinctive vessel again. The USS “Kittewake” ship made history by finding and fishing out the data recorder from the space shuttle Challanger in 1986.

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Pete Larson served on the “Kittewake” as engineer from 1986 to 1989. He was also part of the crew that participated in the ship’s last voyage to Grand Cayman. Then in 1994, the vessel was withdrawn from service with the US Navy.

During this sentimental journey, Larson was able to see for himself that the old “Kittewake” has not been forgotten, but is living a new life, serving as a refuge for local fauna and being one of the most valuable and visited tourist attractions.

[blockquote style=”2″]”Kittiwake has not been forgotten, although today it functions in a different dimension. It’s a great junkyard, but it’s also an artificial reef, creating a foundation for marine life and the local ecosystem.”[/blockquote]

Source: Divetech Grand Cayman

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