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.