About Operation Crossroads – The Critical Experiment
In the early 1900’s after WW1, the Japanese began to administer the Marshall Islands after a mandate from the League of Nations. This mandate later resulted in a military build up throughout the islands in anticipation of World War II. Bikini Atoll and the rest of these peaceful, low lying coral atolls in the Marshalls suddenly became strategic, as did other famous wreck destinations like Truk Lagoon.
The Bikini islanders’ life of harmony drew to an abrupt close when the Japanese decided to build and maintain a watchtower on their island to guard against an American invasion of the Marshalls. Throughout the conflict the Bikini station served as an outpost for the Japanese military headquarters in the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll.
In February 1944, the American forces captured Kwajalein Atoll and thereby effectively crushed the Japanese hold on the Marshall Islands. The five Japanese men left on Bikini, while hiding in a covered foxhole, killed themselves with a grenade before the American military forces could capture them.
After the war, in December of 1945, President Harry S. Truman issued a directive to Army and Navy officials that joint testing of nuclear weapons would be necessary. “To determine the effect of atomic bombs on American warships.” Bikini, because of its location away from regular air and sea routes, was chosen to be the new nuclear proving ground for the United States government. Truk Lagoon had actually been their first pick before Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Bikini Atoll or “coconut place” is one of the most remote diving destinations on the planet. Bikini is located just north of the equator in the Pacific Ocean halfway between Australia and Hawaii, approximately 850 kilometers (530 mi) northwest of the island of Majuro and consists of 23 islands of which 2 were habitable. It falls under the Marshall Islands, which consists of 29 atolls and 5 islands.
JUNE 6th -17th 2019
WRECK DIVING EXPEDITION TO BIKINI ATOLL WITH ARON ARNGRIMSSON AND “THE CRITICAL EXPERIMENT”
A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE GHOST FLEET OF BIKINI ATOLL ABOARD THE TRUUK MASTER LIVEABOARD
SUITABLE FOR TRIMIX CCR OR OC DIVERS
FEW REMAINING SPACES UNTIL 2021!
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