'Those Who Served, Forever Serve'
The remarkable pictures below show the scuttling of "The Mighty O," formerly commissioned as the U.S.S. Oriskany, an 888-foot-long aircraft carrier that had a 25-year history of service to the Navy. Twelve days ago, on May 17th, she was sunk some 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, to become the world's largest artificial reef.
Some 45,000 sailors are believed to have served on the Mighty O in her long career. One of them was Senator John McCain, who was captured by the North Vietnamese and held as a prisoner of war for six years after taking off from her decks.
The reef that the Mighty O has become will serve sightseers, divers, and sports fishermen, and is expected to generate millions of dollars for Pensacola's economy.
Decommissioned, retired, even forced to suffer that most ignominious of fates for warships, sunken—but still useful, still honored—and not forgotten. What better symbol of faithful service?
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON