Dive the Vandenberg In 2009 the USS HOYT VANDENBERG found its permanent home port resting in the waters 7 miles offshore of Key West after several years of being commissioned into the US Navy and Air Force as a war ship, a transport ship and lastly, a missile tracking ship. With the European war over, General Harry Taylor made two "Magic Carpet" voyages to Marseilles and back, carrying returning veterans of the fighting in that theater. Temp has gone up a bit and water not too bad. A 52-year-old Key West man died after diving the Vandenberg Wreck Saturday morning and afternoon, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said. 25.5 m (avg) 42.7 m (max) Diver Level. General Harry Taylor served for a time with the U.S. Army Transport Service, but was reacquired by the Navy on 1 March 1950 for use by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS). We are so addicted to this dive site! The sinking took place on Wednesday, 27 May 2009. The line itself may be difficult to see when you are looking for it to ascend from your dive, but familiar large structures on the ship can help you find it. Would recommend hiring a dive guide looking back now. At the entrance to many underwater caves is this warning sign: It would be impossible to post such a sign at each entry point on the USS Vandenberg, but divers should consider the same warning regardless. Your trip back to the line may take more gas than the outbound trip, if there is a current, or other unforeseen circumstances. There are numerous features to enjoy on the Vandenberg which do not require any entry into the ship. All Divers. Your dive charter operator will provide details in your dive briefing which can help keep you safe and more thoroughly enjoy the dive. Vandenberg was massive! Much of the Vandenberg dive is between 50 and 120 feet, though the keel rests at a bottom depth of 140. Preparation. She is the 2 nd largest artificial reef, measuring in at 522’ long and 11 stories tall! It did not take long before life took back its dominion on the bulky 10.000 tons. "Equipped with extremely accurate and discriminating radar and telemetry equipment," she tracked and analyzed "re-entry bodies in the terminal phase of ballistic missile test flights," carrying out those missile and spacecraft tracking duties in both Atlantic and Pacific waters until her retirement in 1983. The Vandenberg measures 10 stories high with former radar antennas welded to the ships upper super structure. Featured Wreck: Vandenberg Scuttled in May, 2009 at a cost of $8.6 million, the 524-foot . A dive on the USS Vandenberg should get a little extra attention to detail, so that everything has been checked more than once. The open water above the wreck will likely contain moving boat traffic. This retired missle-tracking USS Curb. Sights to See During the next 10 months, she steamed to New Guinea, the Solomons, New Caledonia, the Marianas, the New Hebrides, the Palaus, and the Philippines, carrying troops and supplies, until 29 June 1945 when she departed San Francisco for duty in the Atlantic. Great Dives. She served for a time as army transport USAT General Harry Taylor, and was reacquired by the navy in 1950 as USNS General Harry Taylor (T-AP-145). ISBN: 978-1-988818-88-7Language: EnglishAuthors: Ian Popple, Otto Wagner, Peter McDougallDimensions: 5.5 inches x 8.5 inchesDescription: Waterproof cards printed on plastic or laminated synthetic paperShipping: Shipped from our distribution center within one week. Most of the interesting features of the wreck are shallower than 100’, but in the event that you wish to explore deeper, be aware that you can suddenly find yourself in 150 feet of water fast. A 23.5% increase in recreational scuba diving use occurred on the natural reefs representing 5,214 dives, which is in contrast to a 442% increase (34,394 dives) in the share of recreational scuba diving that occurred on artificial reefs. Most of the interesting features of the wreck are shallower than 100’, but in the event that you wish to explore deeper, be aware that you can suddenly find yourself in 150 feet of water fast. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, "USS General Harry Taylor (AP-145), USAT General Harry Taylor, USNS General Harry Taylor (T-AP-145), USAFS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, USNS General Hoyt S. 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