Truk Lagoon – A Scuba Diver’s Impression

The flying boat and descending down deep in the blue, it's almost as warm as a bathtub. A black tip reef shark flits through. The visibility is good, maybe twenty, thirty meters. Then a huge dark shadow looms slowly out of the sea. It's hard to say what's the first, a dark shape until you're close to it, and you'll see the fish going around, the coral development. Then you get to one point and suddenly a ship takes shape, masts, maybe the bridge, deck gun and it always makes you stop, take it on. Then you can see why the ship is under the ocean … the finished pieces of metal, the holes in which the torpedoes and bombs were ripped through the iron, pieces of the ship where the piece should not be.

This is the Lagoon Truck.

More than 50 ships and planes are within its fringing reef. It was a paradise of shipwreck, but over 65 years ago it was a hell for a quick Japanese. Operation Hailstone began with a nuisance on February 17, 1944. The Allies were desperate to stop Japanese progress throughout the Pacific and it was critical to destroy Japan's supply base on Trucks. Airplane attacks made by airplanes from American aircraft carriers, destroyed by the many ships and planes they could.

Now, they are resting under the Lagoon and only a few others go on the journey to see them.

When you dive into Trucks, there is a tremendous torpedoes, airplane and jeep. The little three-person Japanese tank still sit on some decks. There are crates of bullets, weapons, gas masks; everything needed to fight a war. But there is also a part of man; crates of wine bottles, some with corks still in place, shoe boxes, still with uniforms, rice bowls, eating utensils all in the middle of rubble. Chu 's UK is definitely a diver' s paradise, but people who cost war are ever present and I certainly felt privileged, and humbled, to be able to witness it.

The Lagoon Truck should not be missed.

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