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Retired Mexican navy ship to be sunk for artificial reef

Heroica Veracruz, Veracruz — After 41 years of continuous service in the Mexican Navy, the destroyer ship ARM Comodoro Manuel Azueta D-111 is ready to be sunk to the bottom of the sea to become part of the Reef Park of Veracruz.

The sinking will be done pursuant to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), which includes a provision to remove from the ship all material which could pollute the environment or represent a hazard for underwater activities.

The goal of the sinking is to create an artificial reef to provide a habitat for the development of flora and fauna in the region in addition to serving as a scuba diving area for tourists and practices of the Mexican Navy.

The Ministry of the Navy added that this unit was used as a transportation vessel and as a training center for Navy cadets.

The ship docked at several domestic ports but also saw its fair share of international ones, docking in countries such as Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, France, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa and Venezuela, to name a few.

The ARM Comodoro Manuel Azueta D-111 was built in 1943 in the United States and under the name USS Hurst, was deployed in several military operations during World War II among which stand out the Battle of the Atlantic and Pearl Harbor.

It was acquired by the Mexican Navy in 1973 and remained in active service with the fleet until 2015. It was named in honor of naval officer Manuel Azueta Perillos, who had a prominent participation in the Heroic Deed of the Port of Veracruz on April 21, 1914.