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HOUSTON: A decommissioned Navy warship USNS General Hoyt S Vandenberg has been intentionally sunk off the Florida Keys to create the world’s second largest artificial reef which will serve as a long-term habitat for several marine fish species.

The 17,250-tonne ship USNS Vandenberg sank in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Wednesday in less than two minutes, said Andy Newman, spokesman for the Florida Keys Tourism Council.

“It went down like a rock,” Newman was quoted as saying by CNN. “Everything looked very, very smooth.”

The goal of the $8.6 million project is to divert fishing and diving pressure away from natural reefs, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Vandenberg was built in 1943. It was commissioned as a World War II troop transport ship. After Japan surrendered, the Vandenberg was the first Navy ship to return to New York Harbour.

During the 1950s, the ship was used to transport refugees from Europe and Australia to America. In the 1960s the Air Force used the Vandenberg to track missiles. It also was used to track rockets and early space shuttle launches.

The ship, which was decommissioned in 1986, featured in the 1999 movie Virus, starring Donald Sutherland and Jamie Lee Curtis.

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China is staging a military parade to celebrate its navy’s 60th anniversary – and show the world its latest warships.

A least one of the country’s nuclear-powered submarines is on display at the naval parade, being held in the port city of Qingdao.


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Twenty-one foreign naval vessels from 14 countries are also taking part, including the US, France and Russia.

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Military analysts say the event will allow the rest of the world to see how China has developed its naval forces.

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The military parade to mark the 60th anniversary of China’s navy is not just a chance for the Chinese to celebrate.

It is also a reminder that China is now an important naval power – and will become more important in the future.

Its military leaders openly admit that they want to build bigger, better warships for missions far away from the country’s coastal waters.

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There is no doubt that China has been building up its navy to cope with new threats and a changing political landscape.

China used to focus its military spending on its land forces, to counter potential problems from Russia, India and Vietnam.

As those land-based threats have receded, new areas of possible conflict have emerged at sea.


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A helicopter of the Chinese naval fleet attends a landing exercise at night on Dec. 28, 2008, while the Chinese naval fleet heads for the Gulf of Aden. The Chinese naval fleet including two destroyers and a supply ship set off on Dec. 26 for waters off Somalia for an escort mission against piracy.

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Sanya Submarine Base, Hainan Island, China


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The mission of the Chinese armed forces is not only to be prepared to fight wars, but also to deter or prevent their outbreak.


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