African-American Scuba Divers Dive the Japanese Navy’s WW-2 Ghost Fleet at Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

NEW YORK, June 14 /PRNewswire/ — On July 3, 2005, an incredible 9-day adventure will begin in the South Pacific, where 16 African Americans (from all walks of life) will bond together to scuba dive the Ghost Fleet of the Japanese Imperial Navy at Truk Lagoon. The group will be led by PADI Divemaster, Dean M. Carroll, with over 20 years of diving experience. In 2002, Dean was named Diver of the Year by The National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) and The Atlantic Rangers Scuba Club of Philadelphia, PA.

Dean has led dive expeditions to the Bahamas, Bonaire, St. Thomas, USVI, Puerto Rico and The Grave Yard of the Atlantic – North Carolina. Dean was born and raised on the streets of Harlem and has used his street smarts and world travel expertise to assemble a unique group of 6 African-American women and 10 African-American men of all diving abilities.

The group will embark on this historic voyage partaking superb photographic opportunities and unprecedented diving experiences. Most divers are members of The National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) and/or members of their local African-American scuba diving clubs. Embarking on this adventure are members from:

Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Underwater Explorers

Detroit, MI – Michigan African-American Scuba Klub

Houston, TX – Nubian Dive Club of Houston

New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Bon Temps Divers

Philadelphia, PA – The Atlantic Rangers (Trip Host)

The Odyssey, a 132-foot luxury dive yacht – rated the number one live- aboard dive yacht in the world by Rodale’s Scuba Diving 2001 Readers Choice Awards – will be the group’s floating headquarters and dive platform in Truk Lagoon.

Truk Lagoon, also known as Chunk, is one of the world’s undersea phenomena. The giant lagoon is almost 40 miles in diameter and reaches depths of 300 feet. Apart from the sheer beauty of the undersea coral reef beneath the crystal-clear water, the bottom of Truk Lagoon is the final tomb for more then 60 submerged World War II warships, freighters, tankers, submarines and aircraft from the Japanese Imperial Navy’s 4th Fleet. These WW-2 battle wrecks, courtesy of the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet, Operation Hailstone, are covered with lush growths of hard and soft corals teeming with numerous varieties of fish life. There are full artifacts from the Japanese Navy, Army and Air Force, including naval artillery ordnance destined for the battleships Yamato and Musashi, tanks, Zero Fighter Aircraft, staff cars, trucks and other supplies.

Divers will also experience the Nippo’s Wheelhouse, the operating rooms of the Shinkoku or the holds of the Sankisan filled with ammunition and battle gear. At mid-week, the Odyssey will steam out to the outer reefs to experience some of Truk’s finest (and virtually untouched) reef and wall diving.

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