The "Nippo Maru" was built in 1936 as a transport and cargo ship. The Japanese navy took control of her in 1941 and used here for the transport of freshwater. She was sunk by U.S. dive bombers during 'Operation Hailstone' (17.2.1944 - 18.2.1944). The Japanese losses were extremely high during this military operation: a complete fleet was destroyed.
The "Nippo Maru" today:
It lies currently at the bottom of the sea at a depth of 42 meters (140 fsw), within Truk Lagoon. It can be reached by diving with diving equipment. A Japanese light tank and several artillery pieces can still be found on the deck of this ship.
The shipwrecks within Truk Lagoon are still considered to be the last resting place for hundreds of killed Japanese seamen and soldiers. While diving at these sites, please treat human remains and their personal belongings with respect.
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