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The Largest Graveyard of Ships in the World: Chuuk Lagoon [17 Pics]

Jun 13 2012

Chuuk Lagoon (formerly known as Truk Lagoon) was Imperial Japan's main naval base in the South Pacific theater of WW2. In 1944 Operation Hailstone was launched by the United States – during which 12 Japanese warships, 32 merchant ships and 249 aircraft were destroyed. Some say this is Japanese equivalent of Pearl Harbor.

Today the lagoon attracts divers from all around the world to experience some of the best wreck diving that can be found on earth. The relatively shallow waters and the vast amount of wrecks are the main factors in this being one of the best spots for wreck divers.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

The bow of the MV Beau. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Bridge of Nippo Maru. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

A wreck of Kawanishi H8K “Emily” "Flying" boat. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Another angle of the H8K airplane wreck. Photo by Peter Tee.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

The bow of Nippo Maru (a cargo ship that was sunk on July 16, 1944). Photo by Lawrence Tulissi.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Forward gun on the cargo ship Nippo Maru. Photo by Lawrence Tulissi.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Trucks inside of the sunken cargo ship Hoki Maru. Photo by Lawrence Tulissi.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Random gas masks. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Swimming through a Mitsubishi G4M “Betty” bomber. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

The bow of San Francisco Maru Cargo ship. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

A6M “Zero” fighters and a tail from a Mitsubishi G4M Bomber inside of the Fujikawa Maru. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Light tanks (Type 95 by the look of it) on the sunken Nippo Maru cargo ship. Photo by Lawrence Tulissi.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

A wreck of a Mitsubishi G4M bomber. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Engine room of Kensho Maru cargo ship. Photo by Lawrence Tulissi.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Engine room of the cargo ship Unkai Maru. Photo by gh0stdot.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

A cockpit of a A6M “Zero” fighter. Photo by Lawrence Tulissi.

Truk Lagoon Chuuk Islands WW2 Ship Graveyard

Sunset over Chuuk Lagoon. Photo by Jesuit Volunteer Corp.


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