|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:16:50 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] SHIPS, FUEL: World War II Pacific shipwrecks, Chuuk Lagoon, Federal States of Micronesia|
Underwater time bombs Oil leaks from wartime shipwrecks Islands Business February, 2012As the United States fought its way across Micronesia during World War Two, it launched a strike against Japanese naval forces that could hinder the US advance on the Japanese mainland.
In February 1944, the US Navy mounted Operation Hailstone —a major naval and air attack against Truk Atoll in the Japanese territory of the Caroline Islands, the home base for Japan’s Imperial Combined Fleet.
Even though some ships escaped before the attack, the initial US air assault on 16 and 17 February 1944 sank a good part of Japan’s remaining naval forces in Micronesia. More than 50 destroyers, cruisers, merchant ships and support vessels - including at least three oil tankers - were left on the bottom of Truk Lagoon.
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-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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