Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The ghost fleet of Chuuk Lagoon: World's biggest ship graveyard lies at site of WW2 battle where US crushed Japanese fleet

Over three days in 1944, more than 60 Japanese warships and 200 aircraft sank after an attack by Allied forces.

During the Second World War Chuuk Lagoon was Japan's main base in the South Pacific

American bombardment of the base wiped out their supplies and reduced Japanese threat

The lagoon is now considered one of the top wreck diving destinations in the world

The site, formally known as Truk Lagoon due to a mispronunciation, offers scuba divers a chance to explore.

It may look like a tropical paradise, but this stunning lagoon masks a dark secret... under the clear blue waters lies the biggest graveyard of ships in the world. 

In the Second World War Chuuk Lagoon was Japan's main base in the South Pacific, but in 1944, American forces launched an attack and over a two day bombardment more than 60 warships ended up on the floor of the lagoon.

Years later the Japanese still pay their respects at the watery graves each year, but now the site, formally known as Truk Lagoon due to a mispronunciation, offers scuba divers a chance to explore a piece of living history.

Explore: A diver explores a wreck under the water - the spot is popular for tourists

For the rest of the story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2335607/Worlds-biggest-ship-graveyard-Tropical-waters-South-Pacific-hide-haunting-wreckage-World-War-II-battle-left-60-Japanese-warships-rusting-lagoon-floor.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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