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General Hoyt S Vandenberg
The 524-foot-long General Hoyt S. Vandenberg will be scuttled as a diving attraction in 2008.

NORFOLK, Virginia (14 Oct 2007) -- A decommissioned Air Force ship is being prepared at a Virginia shipyard to become a new habitat for marine life and an attraction for recreational divers in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

A $6 million project to turn the 524-foot-long General Hoyt S. Vandenberg into a reef is scheduled to culminate in the spring of 2008, with the vessel's sinking in 140 feet of water about six miles south of Key West.

Retired in 1983, the Vandenberg floated for 24 years among ships in the U.S. Maritime Administration's James River Naval Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis, Va.

The ship tracked spaceflights off Florida and served as a Russian science ship in Virus, a 1999 release starring Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland...

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