VIDEO: Tamaroa’s final mission

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The Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa, whose more than half century of service included towing disabled warships in the Pacific during World War II and search-and-rescue missions along the East Coast during the “Perfect Storm” in 1991, will spend her retirement as an artificial reef off the New Jersey-Delaware coast.

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The 73-year-old ship, which served in World War II as the USS Zuni, has undergone an extensive cleanup at a shipyard in Norfolk, Va., in preparation for the sinking. The work involves removing all hazardous material, including PCBs.

When the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control receives approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard, the ship will be towed to an artificial reef that New Jersey and Delaware share.