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The M42 Duster, Jordan dive site - courtesy of Dive Aqaba
Diver on the M42 Duster, Jordan dive site - courtesy of Dive Aqaba

Scuba Diving in the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan, the Red Sea

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Dive Site: M42 Duster Anti-Aircraft Vehicle

Location: N2925'13.39"; E3458'19.10", Jordan

Description: Wreck

Length: 74 metres (243 feet)

Depth: 3 - 6 metres (10 - 200 feet)

Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)

Rating: ***

More popularly known as 'The Tank', this American M42 Duster with a self propelled anti-aircraft canon was originally in employ of the Jordanian Army before being scuttled as an artificial reef on September 1st 1999 by the Jordanian Royal Ecological Diving Society. It has has since accumulated a lot of marine life.

Some reports in the diving press that it was Russian came from ill informed visitors; the compressed air starter tanks at the back of the engine bay are marked with a working pressure in PSI - a Russian-built tank would feature pressures measured in bar or kilopascals.

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