Dive the USS Arthur W. Radford
The 564ft Navy Destroyer - USS Arthur W. Radford is
the largest artificial reef on the east coast.
This wreck, the USS Arthur Radford, is an exciting addition to the local and national dive industry. This wreck sits in
approximately 140 feet of water with the top deck of the ship around 70 feet deep allowing for the
whole range of divers from recreational to the technical diver.
USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968) was a Spruance-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named for
Admiral Arthur W. Radford USN (1896–1973), the first naval officer to hold the title of
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She was laid down by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of
Litton Industries at Pascagoula, Mississippi and launched on 21 March 1975, sponsored by
Mrs. Arthur W. Radford, the widow of the late admiral. She commissioned on 16 April 1977
and decommissioned on 18 March 2003, after serving 26 years.
Length: 564 feet (172 meters)
Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)
Draft: 28 feet (8.8 meters)
Displacement: Approx. 9,200 tons full load