Sunk in 2011, the shipwreck is now under the protection of the National Park of Cayman Islands. Her title was transferred in November 2008 for an undisclosed amount to the government of the Cayman Islands for the purpose of using Kittiwake to form a new artificial reef. Prior to her sinking, the Kittiwake was prepared to make a safe environment for divers to explore with additional entrance and exit holes cut into the thick steel structure to make more fluid routes to swim in and around the wreck.This is one of Grand Cayman's signature dives that should not be missedWhat is Provided:Pick up and Drop off at Georgetown Port or your Seven Mile HotelAll Dive Gear (Mask, Fins, BCD, Regulator, Tanks, Weight Belt, Computer)You are welcome to use your own gear as wellProfessional Boat and CrewDuration of Excursion:2.5 HoursKnow before you book:It is recommended that you bring sunscreen and a towelCheck in 30 minutes before excursion timeMust be Scuba Certified and have Certification Card Present, P.O.Box 11310George Town, Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands KY1-1008. The first ship in the Navy to bear the name, the USS KITTIWAKE was one of the CHANTICLEER - class Submarine Rescue Ships. Share. And being located off Seven-Mile Beach in relatively shallow waters, this dive site is popular amongst scuba divers and snorkelers. She says choosing the USS Kittiwake was the easy part of her eight-year effort. The USS Kittiwake served for 50 years as a submarine support and rescue vessel. This dive was more planned out than the first and began with a lot more historical research. There is no touching or taking of anything, no gloves and no fishing allowed on the wreck/Kittiwake site. Overall, USS Kittiwake is the 16th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 25 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. in Grand Cayman. You can swim in and out of a lot of the the wreck safely without needing technical diving skills or equipment. USS Kittiwake. Scuba diving on the USS Kittiwake Wreck is a must when you are diving in the Cayman Islands.The former World War II ship was bought by the Cayman Islands government in 2010 and sunk in Grand Cayman for scuba divers to enjoy. Assigned to support and rescue duty with Submarine Squadron 6, the submarinerescue ship accompanied submarines during sea trials and maneuvers to monitor diving operations; to practice underwater rescue procedures; and to recover practice torpedoes. Now it will join the MV Captain Keith Tibbets, a Russian Frigate sunk off the coast of Cayman Brac in 1996, as one of the greatest artificial reefs in the Caribbean. 7. The Kittiwake is magical and mystical, she is soaking in the heritage of This is a wreck dive we went on in 2016 (Greg Rowe, Lisa Rowe, Josh Duren) USS Kittiwake Dive - Grand Cayman - October 2016 on Vimeo Join 251 long ship with 5 accessible decks to dive with great VIZ. Anniversary of the sinking of the lovely lady USS Kittiwake, we will be paying her a visit tomorrow night at 5.15pm There'll be barnacle cake all round and sea shanties sang in her honour. Following 50 years of active service in the US navy as a submarine support vessel, the Kittiwake was sunk near Seven Mile Beach to make an artificial reef and playground for divers. "She was a ship that served divers all of her life," she says, "so it just seemed the appropriate ship." This wreck blew our minds. - Check out Tripadvisor members' 11,980 candid photos and videos. Originally used by the US Navy for underwater salvage and recovery missions, it had been decommissioned and put to mothball in the Virginia shipyards until the people of Grand Cayman had the idea to turn it into a dive attraction. If you said the Kittiwake, you are correct! Most of her missions are still cover by the official secrets acts but her most notable role was when she helped to find the black box from the Challenger Space disaster. During her years of service she had some interesting times including the rescue of a stranded battleship. 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