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In February 1944, U.S. aircraft carriers launched a surprise attack on a remote South Pacific harbor housing several Japanese transport ships. The
World War II offensive, called “Operation Hailstorm,” dealt a devastating blow to the Imperial fleet, sinking over 45 ships, including armed cargo
ships, huge tankers, small destroyers and a submarine. Several planes were also sent to their final resting place, the tranquil ocean floor of Chuuk
(“Truk”) Lagoon. Fifty years later, these relics of war are magnificent reefs housing countless tropical fish, anemones and macro critters.
Antiaircraft guns and tank turrets are now cloaked in plumes of colorful soft corals. It is truly a wreck diver’s paradise. We will explore the most
beautiful wrecks in the lagoon including the Nippo Maru, Fujikawa Maru and Fumitzuki Destroyer. Tanks, tractors, trucks, planes, artillery shells,
dinnerware and saki bottles are just a fraction of the artifacts awaiting your discovery in the holds of these sunken ships.