During years prior to World War II Japanese Imperial Forces built numerous bases throughout the Pacific islands chains. Truk Lagoon was one of the biggest of these and had been transformed into a huge naval support and supply center. It was known as the "Gibraltar of the Pacific." On February 16, 1944 waves of American carrier planes descended on Truk and attacked the supply vessels and small combatant ships anchored in the Lagoon. During two days of air strikes, American carrier based aircraft of sank ten warships and thirty-one transport ships. Today these ships have become a scuba diver dream for the finest wreck diving in the world. This DVD contains presentations on two Truk shipwrecks.
The Momokawa Maru was built in 1940, as a timber transport. Her peacetime service consisted of carrying lumber from Siberia to Japan. The Japanese Navy took control of her in late 1943 and utilized her as a bulk cargo carrier. During the "Hailstone" attack, Momokawa Maru was bombed by aircraft from the carrier Bunker Hill. The Momokawa Maru was found by Klaus Lindemann in 1982. She now rests at a maximum depth of 120 fsw.
The Sutsuki was a Momi Class destroyer built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the early 1920's. Originally one of the fastest ships of their period, they were nearly obsolete at the start of the war. However, the Imperial Japanese Navy decided their speed would be useful in reinforcing their forces at Guadalcanal and participated as part of the famed "Tokyo Express" to relieve Japanese forces engaged in the battle. Although records are scarce, Sutsuki appears to have escaped any damage during the "Hailstone" attack. However, she was destroyed by a fire the following July and now lies in 40 fsw.
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