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Gallery: Jordan's first underwater military museum off its Red Sea coast

The kingdom is hoping the 19 decommissioned pieces of military hardware, submerged at depths up to 28 metres (92 feet), will attract tourists to the already popular diving resort of Aqaba.

Gallery: Jordan's first underwater military museum off its Red Sea coast
Sunken tanks, a troop carrier and a submerged helicopter: Jordan on Wednesday opened its first underwater military museum off its Red Sea coast.
Gallery: Jordan's first underwater military museum off its Red Sea coast
The Underwater Military Museum Dive Site includes several tanks, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, an anti-aircraft battery, guns and a combat helicopter, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) said.
Gallery: Jordan's first underwater military museum off its Red Sea coast
The sunken items have been "stationed along the coral reefs imitating a battle tactical formation", ASEZA said in a statement.
Gallery: Jordan's first underwater military museum off its Red Sea coast
The museum aims to offer a "new type" of museum experience combining "sports, environment and exhibits" for divers, snorkelers and visitors on glass-bottomed boats, it said.
Gallery: Jordan's first underwater military museum off its Red Sea coast
The northern Red Sea is popular with divers attracted by its coral reefs, which are in relatively good health despite global reef depletion due to global warming.
Gallery: Jordan's first underwater military museum off its Red Sea coast
It said the museum would allow the creation of artificial reefs and promote the recovery of the area's natural reefs by "drawing visitors away to an alternative site."