Chuuk (Truk) 2023
Truk was one of the main Japanese Pacific naval bases during the Second World War, and the shipwrecks found here were sent to the bottom in 1944 during carrier raids conducted by the American Navy. The first major assault on the Truk naval base was Operation Hailstone, conducted over two days (February 16-17, 1944) by no less than 9 US aircraft carriers. The raid resulted in the sinking of 45 ships and another 26 damaged. A second carrier attack was conducted on April 29-30, 1944, this time with a force of 12 aircraft carriers. This attack concentrated on shore installations, and most shipping had been evacuated from the atoll.
Reference: Bailey, Dan E. "WWII Wrecks of the Kwajalein and Truk Lagoons," North Valley Diver Publications, 1992.
This was my fifth trip to this wreck-diving paradise, and it never disappoints! I had visited the island in 1999, 2004, 2015 and 2018. You can see that a number of the wrecks are beginning to deteriorate noticeably since I first started coming here, but this is still one of the best wreck diving destinations in the world. If you get the chance, it is not to be missed!