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Wreck the Hogan is a wicked 314 feet long destroyer complete with anti-aircraft guns and a rich history.

Name Dive Site:Hogan
Depth: 114-131ft (35-40m)
Visibility: 9-59ft (3-18m)
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The Hogan (DD-178) was launched by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif., on April 12, 1919 and commissioned October 1, 1919 then in November 1919 she joined the Pacific Destroyer Force in San Diego. She was 314' x 31' and boasted four 4" guns and two 20mm anti-aircraft guns. The Hogan served a short time and was decommissioned in San Diego May 27, 1922.

She was recommissioned August 7, 1940 and underwent a conversion to a high speed minesweeper and was then reclassified as a DMS-6. Between 1940 and 1945 the Hogan had a very distinguished career spanning across the globe as a minesweeper and convoy escort. She took part in the invasion of North Africa as well as the battle of Iwo Jima. In April 1945 she went to San Diego to undergo major repairs and was reclassified as an AG105 on June 5, 1945. The veteran ship was assigned as a target ship for bombing tests and was sunk off San Diego November 8, 1945.

The Hogan received six battle stars for World War II service and now lies in 125 feet right on the Mexican Border. Currents are common in the area and visibility can be 10'-50'. With most of the structure collapsed, there is not much in the way of penetration.

More about California wreck diving, please visit the California Wreck Divers (CWD) website along with another excellent resource, the book Shipwrecks of Southern California by Bonnie J. Cardone and Patrick Smith.

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