About the USS Oriskany
“The Mighty O” and “The Great Carrier Reef” are two nicknames that the USS Oriskany has received. She is one of the most popular dive sites in Pensacola and draws divers from around the world to come see her. She started being built in 1944, then in 1947 the construction was stopped. The Oriskany (CVA-34) was then rushed to life in 1950 to fight in the Korean war. She served the United States Navy for 25 years before being retired in 1975. In 2004 she was towed to Pensacola, Florida to be sunk as an artificial reef. In May of 2006 she was sunk 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. The USS Oriskany is part of the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail.
Diving the USS Oriskany
Strong and challenging currents and strong along with being a deep dive makes the USS Oriskany an Advanced dive site. You will need to prepare for this dive ahead of time to minimize your risk of great harm. The top of the structure starts at 80′ and the flight deck sits at 145′ (past recreational level of 130′) and the bottom at 212′.
Getting to the Dive Site
Marine life seen around the USS Oriskany
When diving the wreck you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
There are many other types of marine life that are around the wreck, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.