The installation was completed in 13 hours on 28 July, with the vehicles ferried out to the site and manoeuvred into their designated locations using a crane. The vehicles were placed over a 150sq m area at depths of 14-18m.
And there was reported to be a political angle to the installation, with the tanks’ gun barrels all aimed at Israel “out of solidarity for the Palestinian people”.
“The Army’s gift is the essence of this garden, which will provide a home for coral reefs and fish reproduction,” said Sidon’s Mayor Mohammad Saudi at the opening event.
The move is also part of a campaign to restore Lebanon’s image as a tourist destination.
Political problems apart, Mediterranean waters off the country’s 125-mile coastline have been branded as “dangerously contaminated”. The Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute stated last year that the coasts off Sidon and Beirut were particularly badly affected by overflowing coastal landfills and sewage dispersal.