Have you ever thought how eerie and exciting it would be if you could scuba dive through the remains of a famous World War II naval battle scene and witness the dead hulks of ships destroyed during the melee? Well, here's your chance! Most of you have heard of the "The Battle of Truk Lagoon," which in reality is actually spelled "Chuuk Lagoon." Truk was a mispronunciation of Chuuk. It is loacted in what is now Micronesia.
It was at this location that "Operation Hailstone," broke the back of the Japanese Navy in 1944. The battle raged for over three days, and when it was over, the United States carrier-based planes had sunk twelve warships (light cruisers, destroyers, and auxiliaries) and thirty-two merchant ships, while destroying 275 aircraft. The carcasses of these ships and planes, which lie at the bottom of Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon, are now known as "The Ghost Fleet of Chuuk Lagoon."
Even though the wrecks still hold many dangers such as fuel, rusted falling debris, and some unexploded munitions, they have been opened for divers to explore. There are some guided dive operations in the area of the lagoon, and it is a good idea to take advantage of their expertise before diving alone.
Check out the slideshow and the video of the final resting place of "The Ghost Fleet of Chuuk Lagoon," and until next time, we will let the "World turn onto our next destination."
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