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Truk Lagoon: the world’s largest military ship and vehicle graveyard




Do you love to travel and explore amazing places around the world? So you may be surprised, but the beautiful tropical Truk Lagoon is packed with wrecked ships.

Underwater there are over 60 Japanese ships that are full of secrets.

This place, now called Chuuk Lagoon, is part of the state of Truk in Micronesia. Each year, the Japanese pay tribute to those who fell in World War II and buried in an underwater grave.

The lagoon offers scuba divers an excellent opportunity to discover the past. Its area is over 124 square kilometers. Underwater are huge shipwrecks, torpedoes, aircraft, tanks and bones. This is one of the largest underwater museums in the world.

A tropical paradise with little known history

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Bird’s eye view of the strait and lagoon. Photo: Matt Kieffer, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The beautiful Truk Lagoon is located in the central Pacific Ocean. It is highly important for the study of the history of the Second World War. There is a lot to explore under the water.

The lost treasures

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Artifacts at the bottom of the lagoon. Photo: Lucy Rickards / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

While exploring the depths, divers often find incredible things. They came across boxes full of bottles and china cutlery.

Coral-covered shivers looks very colorful

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Scuba diver on the background of a coral reef. Photo: Lucy Rickards / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Soft corals, sea anemones and sponges cover the shivers beautifully. Nature has found its own way of recycling waste.

Beautiful coral reef

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Beautiful coral reef. Photo: Lucy Rickards / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

With every dive, divers discover a new secret from the past

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Unknown chest at the bottom of the lagoon. Photo: Lucy Rickards / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

This is for sure an exciting fact about Truk Lagoon!

Quite well-preserved fragments of a fighter

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Fighter wreckage at the bottom. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Sunken ships keep their secrets

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Remains of guns in the hold of a sunken ship. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Due to limited visibility parts of the sunken ships appear like ghosts

The head of one of the crew members

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Figurine of Buddha and the head of one of the crew members of the sunken ship. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

During the battle, the ship caught fire and sank. Twelve crew members of the Japanese ship were killed. This skull probably belongs to a mechanic.

Truk lagoon was Japan’s largest base in the Pacific

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Japanese bunker on one of the islands. Photo: Matt Kieffer / flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

As a result of Operation Hailstone, about 270 aircraft and more than 40 Japanese ships were sunk in Truk Lagoon.

The Lagoon has always amazed divers with its sights.

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Wreck telegraph. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Such kind of artifacts is quite rare for the underwater world.

Exploring the Depths

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Bow cannon on a sunken ship. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Together with the magnificent creatures of nature, the underwater world has the most objects to explore.

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Inside a sunken ship. Photo: Lucy Rickards / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Tank aboard a sunken ship. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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The famous R2D2 on the Fujikawa Maru. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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One of the iconic trucks of the Hoki Maru. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Truk Lagoon. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Truk Lagoon. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Truk Lagoon. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Truk Lagoon. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Truk Lagoon. Photo: montereydiver / flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Life under the ocean is very diverse and is filled with many mysteries yet to be explored…

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