Mystery solved: Ship offshore used for US Navy training

Mystery solved: Ship offshore used for US Navy training (WPEC) STUART, Fla. (CBS12) —

For days, fishermen on the Treasure Coast have been trying to figure out why a nearly 300-foot boat was hanging around offshore.

“It looked like a big, giant petroleum support vessel,” said Capt. Michael Murray of Mattanza Charters. He said the vessel had a large “helipad on the front of the house and a giant crane in the cockpit.”

He said the vessel was about six miles off shore at a popular fishing spot where the water is only 75 feet deep.

“A bunch of the charter boats tried to contact them on Channel 16 to see if the crew would be willing to tell us what was going on,” Murray said. Mystery solved: Ship offshore used for US Navy training (WPEC) But they didn’t get an answer. The ship sat in the same spot for days and they had no idea why.

“As the dock talk goes, oh we’re going to have oil rigs here,” Murray said. “Then it was no we’re gonna have wind farms here and it was you name it.. people doing seismic research.”

Turns out it was none of those things.

The ship, Brandon Bordelon, is owned by Bordelon Marine. A lieutenant with the U.S. Navy confirmed they contracted this ship for dive training.

“It makes sense now that you say that because they had the boats in the water and the guys were doing dive operations but of course the mind starts to wonder,” Murray said.

So why Florida? The lieutenant said because of the weather.

“Why not pick Stuart to train!? We live in the best place in the world,” Murray said.

The ship left from a base in Little Creek, Virginia and came to just offshore of Martin County. After a few days there, it headed to off shore of Palm Beach County and on Tuesday was just offshore of St. Lucie County. It’s heading back to Virginia and is set to arrive on Thursday, May 10.

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