Sunk on a sandy bottom, the massive artificial reef has already started to attract marine life vying for its portion of this new undersea kingdom of real estate. Getting Vandenberg dive maps like these that show the various aspect of the dive, such as her bow, stern and full overview, help put the large portions of this popular Key West scuba diving site into perspective. Pictures, dive logs, reviews and articles. Warm water almost year-round, tropical conditions, and the vacation/resort atmosphere of Key West combine to make the Vandenberg a most desirable destination. Finally sunk May 27th, 2009 after 10 years of fund raising, cleaning and completing the required paperwork, the USNS Vandenberg has become THE site to dive in S. Florida. We haven't been to a large wreck before this one and feel there is still so much more to see. Telemetry Eng.". Deep dives are dangerous, so having someone with you or dive insurance like DAN is always wise before attempting sites at such depths like the Vandenberg. Guides are available for your convenience. Finally sun is out and seas are calm. B. P. Open Water divers will require a guide. Pictures, dive logs, reviews and articles. Our guide, John, showed us the octopus that live on the different parts of the ship and the swim-thrus were very cool. USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg Dive Site near KEY WEST, Sugarloaf Shores, Summerland Key, Big Pine Key, Marathon Shores, Key Colony Beach & Marathon United States. Vis is about 70 feet. Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM. google_ad_slot = "4741082259"; 125 Ann St, Key West, FL 33040-6601. Transfer of the Vandenberg from the Maritime Administration to the state of Florida for use as an artificial reef was approved in February 2007. The ship is the second largest artificial reef in the world. Max depth, about 140 feet. Diving the Mighty Vandenberg in July 2017. great visibility. //-->, Divers Preferred Lodging Directory - Inns, B&B, Hotels - Click Here, "Thanks for the great coverage of the Vandenberg and it's final fate. Free illustrated atlas of worldwide dive sites including maps, detailed descriptions and photos. USS Vandenberg —Web site with current information on the USS Vandenberg, including videos of the sinking, deck plans, charter, diving and dive safety information. You see the vessel is a visitor in the waters around Key West and has been there since May 2008. Deep dive! Brigham Thompson’s last … google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4729656961350895"; google_ad_width = 300; Save. USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg (T-AGM-10) (originally named USS General Harry Taylor (AP-145)) was a General G. O. Squier-class transport ship in the United States Navy in World War II named in honor of U.S. Army Chief of Engineers Harry Taylor. - Captain's Corner Dive Center. Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a former military troop transport and former missile-tracking ship was chosen from about 400 decommissioned military ships rusting away in “Ghost Fleets” across the country. low current (on that day) And with so many communication arrays and points of entry, the wreck is worth many repeat dives.