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

Jun 14, 2005, 01:00 ET from Harlem Diver 157

    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
     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
     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.
      Dean M. Carroll
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