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USS Strength

USS Strength, a World War II minesweeper, saw action off Iwo Jima and Okinawa where she survived both a midget submarine attack and a kamikaze raid. Later in life, Strength served as a training hulk for Navy salvage divers in Washington, D.C., and then Panama City. Sunk for the last time in 1987, she lay on her side for years before being righted by a hurricane in 1995. At less than 80 feet, divers can easily swim between the two sections of Strength’s hull where her bow separated from the rest of the ship.

Date of Sinking Depth Length Beam Location
May 19, 1987 80 ft. 184.5 ft. 33 ft. 30° 01.936’ N
085° 42.413’ W
Date of Sinking May 19, 1987
Depth 80 ft.
Length 184.5 ft.
Beam 33 ft.
Location 30° 01.936’ N
085° 42.413’ W
Video Credit: RM1 Albert Consiglio, USN (deceased)
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