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USCG Cutter USS Mohawk to Be Part of Lee County Reef

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Spectacular Addition to Lee County Artificial Reef System Coming this Summer
Anglers and Divers in for a Treat

The 165-foot’ Coast Guard cutter, the USS Mohawk, is scheduled for deployment this summer as part of the Lee County Artificial Reef Program. The vessel has just been towed from Key West to Ft. Myers Beach and will be deployed after it has been properly cleaned and prepared. The cost of deployment, approximately $1.3 million, is mostly funded by the West Coast Inland Navigation District. Scuttled military ships such as the Hoyt S. Vandenberg and Spiegel Grove in the Keys, and the Oriskany in the Panhandle, have become economic boosts for the communities where they have been sunk as artificial reefs. Research conducted by the Florida Sea Grant College Program has clearly documented the economic benefits of artificial reef development in southwest Florida.

The USS Mohawk had a distinguished military career during WWII. She was assigned to North Atlantic escort operations with the Greenland Patrol, where she served for the entire war, launching a total of 14 attacks against submarine contacts. She was the last vessel to radio Gen. Dwight Eisenhower that the weather would be clear enough to launch the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

She will complete her proud service to our country as the Veteran's Memorial artificial reef, approximately 20 miles off the Lee County coastline.

Source: May/June issue of "The Marine Scene," newsletter of Florida Sea Grant