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Diving the Japanese Imperial Navy

Written By: Kaloy - Apr• 28•10

It 106is the 24th day of September 1944, the world is at war. A soft breeze blows west ward, moving the waves across the bow of the many ships docked on the calm waters of Coron Bay. Seamen clean their guns in the morning light filling them with ammunition and oil. Some crew participate in the predawn calisthenics while others prepare for a meal to start the day, all under the flag of the Japanese imperial navy.

In contrast a few nautical miles away aboard the USS Lexington, planes were being fuelled and readied, 96 Grumman F6F Hellcat Fighter escorts and 24 Curtiss SB2C helldiver bomber, took off from the deck commanded by the genius of the pacific fleet task force 38 Vice Admiral Marc Mitscher.

The Japanese navy did not know what was coming! Planes of the American navy rained fire and steel across 24 ships docked in between the islands. After 15 min of fighting the sky is black with the smoke from the many ships that were sunk that faithful day on September 1944. Some are now poised on their final resting place on the bottom of the ocean.

66 years have gone by and the corals have now covered the steel and the wood that once decorated these mighty ships. Fishes swim along the decks that sailors used to run around, trying to fight the fires and dodge the bullets and bombs that strafed the hulls of these once great ships. Light goes into these caverns but not the light from any underground source but the dive lights of the many divers that come and visit these sites for the recreation value of swimming through the passages of time, relieving the faithful moments that these once great ships posed when they were at their prime.

Diving with Coron Divers I was able to visit 3 out of the 6 most famous ships in the bay. The fee for the place was quite reasonable for the price. P2700.00 it covers full gear rental, boat transfers and lunch for the entire day! There are a total of three dives included in the tour, the group also changes dive sites on a daily basis, they also charter upon request. You’ll have plenty of chances to dive the other wrecks if you stay there for quite some time.

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