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Vandenberg Deck Plans?

Discussion in 'Wreck Diving' started by Normal_life_is_just_SI, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Normal_life_is_just_SI

    Normal_life_is_just_SI Divemaster

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    I've been doing some searching lately for deck plans of the USNS Vandenberg. I've located some that are fairly dated and do not accurately reflect the ship as it is now. Are there any newer versions floating around? A set that has the cutouts marked on it would be even better. Thanks!
     
  2. SavDiver

    SavDiver Instructor, Scuba

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    The wreck has not changed much besides coral growing. Are you looking for something specific like wreck entry points?
     
  3. Normal_life_is_just_SI

    Normal_life_is_just_SI Divemaster

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    Entry points would be great. I've got a pretty good grasp on the bow, but amidships and the stern section I haven't poked around as much.
     
  4. SavDiver

    SavDiver Instructor, Scuba

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    What certifications do you have?
     
  5. Protondecay123

    Protondecay123 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think the most accurate plans would be the ones associated with her last drydock/refit. I'm not sure what you mean by cutouts, but it's unlikely that there are plans subsequent to the last drydock/refit while in active service.
     
  6. Errol Kalayci

    Errol Kalayci Nassau Grouper

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    suggest dpv's would be huge benefit on a wreck dive such as that! If you do not have them, and not trained--you may want to be and purchase one...besides they are fun and dramatically lower a divers consumption rate when properly trained and streamlined, beats swimming, better for body, no co2 build up, cover much more ground as you can comfortably cruise at 150' on a wreck and circumnavigate many times to get familiar before your penetration. If a current you don't get blown off and can keep your place in current while doing deco/safety stops if ascent line rather than get blown around, strain to hold or stuck with a bunch of other divers- you can social distance instead-haha
     
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  7. Hoyden

    Hoyden ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  8. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    FYI...cutouts are holes cut into the ship to better enable wreck penetration. They would have likely been cut during or just after completion of the process to clean the ship/remove toxic material prior to sinking.
     
  9. SavDiver

    SavDiver Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Florida
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    The issue is with wreck diving is that most sites don't have online maps of the wreck cause they change so much. If you want to wreck dive the drill is just like training don't be eager to go into the wreck so quickly. Find the appropriate entry that you can safely dive while meeting all you're training specifications. If you want to find the "good spots" on a wreck where interesting items are placed than you should hire a guide to take you. Divemasters and "professional guides" make a living off showing you the best spots and guiding you on youre dive.
     

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