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Once it's installed, the USS Radford will be the largest artificial reef of its kind.
Once it's installed, the USS Radford will be the largest artificial reef of its kind.

The Atlantic coast will soon have the largest artificial reef of its kind when the 563-foot USS Radford is sunk 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City Md., but the big event is in jeopardy of being delayed for the second time in as many weeks.

Right now, the Radford is on standby, sitting in the U.S. Naval Yard in South Philadelphia, stripped to its shell.

But organizers hope to tow the massive retired naval destroyer out to a point equidistant off the coastlines of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland on Tuesday, and in sinking the Radford, they’ll create the Del-Jersey-land reef.

But, the sinking has been delayed several times, including last week due to bad weather, and it may be pushed back again because of tropical storm Emily and boat traffic in the region due to Ocean City’s White Marlin Open, the worlds largest billfish tournament.

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