Underwater military museum
The world’s first underwater military museum has been created just off the shores of Aqaba, Jordan.
After 30 days of planning, a total of 19 pieces of hardware were sunk over a period of seven working days. The equipment was sunk in ‘battle formation’ and includes tanks of different sizes, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, anti-aircraft guns and a combat helicopter.
According to a press release from the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), who oversaw the project, ‘great attention’ was given to the environmental effects of sinking the equipment. All hazardous materials were removed to ‘comply with environmental best practices’. The location of the museum was specifically chosen for its lack of coral and other marine life. It is hoped that not only will the new attraction bring more divers to Aqaba, but will also help alleviate the burden of increased tourism on local coral reefs.
The machines were sunk in a depth range of 15 to 28m, meaning that visitors will be able to enjoy the attraction by snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tours, as well as scuba diving. ASEZA says that the underwater military museum will grow in the future ‘as new acquisitions are added’. The sinking of a C-130 ‘Hercules’ transport aircraft in a similar location in 2017 has already proven a success for dive tourism.