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Blackfish Bank Reef

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Depth 65 ft., Profile 5-8 ft.


This reef is located 5.8 nautical miles SE of Assateague Beach. The site is a 1300 yd. by 1600 yd. parallelogram with the perimeter defined by loran lines.



40 Armored personnel carriers were scattered at this site as part of "Operation Reef-Ex '98". The Army National Guard, Fort Dix, NJ prepared and transported the military vehicles. The deployment was accomplished as a joint effort with U.S. Naval Weapons Station, Colt's Neck, NJ, the U.S. Army 24th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, VA, and the U.S. Coast Guard, Chincoteague, VA participating.


Redbird Subway Cars

Redbird Subway Cars






In November of 2003, 50 New York City MTA "Redbird" subway cars were added to the site.



Stainless Steel Subway Cars 1

Stainless Steel Subway Cars



In June of 2008, 46 New York City MTA stainless steel subway cars were deployed. Additional subway cars (44) were deployed on 12/9/08.


See the Lat./Lon. Grid above for the coordinates of the subway cars and military vehicles.


Stainless Steel Subway Cars 2

Stainless Steel Subway Cars


Blackfish Bank Reef Chart
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