Chuuk Lagoon, also known as Truk Lagoon, is a beautiful sheltered part of The Federated States Micronesia, in the central Pacific Ocean. During WWII this sheltered atoll proved to be a fantastic base and natural harbour for The Japanese, who built an airstrip there. In 1944, over a three day period, the Allied Forces attacked the area and sank more than 60 Japanese warships and 200 aircraft. The lagoon is now considered one of the top wreck diving destinations in the world, with wrecks lying at a variety of depths, many accessible to recreational divers and some better suited to technical divers. Many of the 60 wrecks have lush coral growth and have become home to many species of fish and critter. There is also the opportunity to explore engine rooms and holds and one can clearly see telegraphs, steering columns and mounted guns. Most of the wrecks have intact historical artefacts such bottles, cooking utensils, items from everyday life and personal artifacts along with artefacts of war such as planes, tanks, guns, gas masks and ammunition.
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