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Scuba DivingFormer Sailor Returns To Dive His Old Ship

Former Sailor Returns To Dive His Old Ship


Ever wanted to return to a ship you once sailed on? Particularly if you’re now a diver and that ship is now underwater? Former U.S. Navy sailor Pete Larson did just that.

Larson went to the Caribbean to dive the USS Kittiwake, best known for its recovery of the doomed Space Shuttle Challenger’s flight data recorder in 1986.

Larson himself served as an engineer aboard the Kittiwake from 1986 to 1989, and during a recent trip to the Caribbean, spoke with the folks at Divetech Grand Cayman about his time aboard the vessel, which was decommissioned in 1994 and is now one of Grand Cayman’s biggest dive destinations.

According to Larson:

“The Kittiwake is not a forgotten wreck, but lives on in a difference capacity. It’s wonderful to see she isn’t just rusting in an old junkyard, but serves a purpose as an artificial reef, creating structure for local marine life and ecosystem.”

Check out a Divetech video of Larson’s visit below.

Return to the Kittiwake

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.