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Easyvoyage Logo By The Editorial Team of Easyvoyage | Slide 1 of 10: The USS Kittwake was a US naval vessel with the primary purpose of rescuing sailors from downed submarines. The ship had a long and varied sailing history that included the deepest ever sailor rescue mission and recovering the black box from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. The ship was purchased by the Cayman government in 2009 and towed to the Islands to be sunk. This was to provide both an artificial reef encouraging growth of marine life and a world class diving site. Before she was sunk large holes were cut in its hull to create a simple way of getting in and out, this has made it easier to enjoy the wreck's mess hall, massive propellers and towering smoke stack. In terms of sea life the wreck offers sights such as Garden eels, eagle rays, barracuda and schools of horse-eye jacks, turtles and groupers.

USS Kittiwake - Cayman Islands

The USS Kittwake was a US naval vessel with the primary purpose of rescuing sailors from downed submarines. The ship had a long and varied sailing history that included the deepest ever sailor rescue mission and recovering the black box from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. The ship was purchased by the Cayman government in 2009 and towed to the Islands to be sunk. This was to provide both an artificial reef encouraging growth of marine life and a world class diving site. Before she was sunk large holes were cut in its hull to create a simple way of getting in and out, this has made it easier to enjoy the wreck's mess hall, massive propellers and towering smokestack. In terms of sea life the wreck offers sights such as Garden eels, eagle rays, barracuda and schools of horse-eye jacks, turtles and groupers.
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