Okinawa’s famous sunken ship, the USS Emmons!
April 6, 1945, during the twilight of World War Two
Damaged by a Japanese kamikaze attack, American forces decided to sink this destroyer to prevent confidential information from falling into enemy hands.
The USS Emmons lay forgotten for half a century. Frequent oil leaks on the surface of the water fueled rumors among local fisherman that something was in the water, and in 2001 the destroyer was finally discovered during a diving expedition.
Today the vessel serves both as a war relic and a wreck diving spot showcasing Okinawa’s beauty, and is visited by many divers.
The USS Emmons has a hull 106 meters in length, and many of its features—including a gigantic main gun, propellers, machine guns, and soldier’s helmets—are preserved in their original states. The battle scars endured by the kamikaze attack of a zero fighter plane still seem fresh.
At 108 meters in length and 40 meters below the surface, it’s difficult to swim the entire vessel in a single dive. Using the current, the destroyer can be entered and exited from buoys in two separate locations (the center and the stern).
Sunken ships make great dwellings for fish.
Sunken ships act as reefs, with coral attaching to their hulls and many fish (including many resident macros) gathering around them.
Wreck spots are not limited to adventuring. With their abundance of aquatic life and picturesque, panoramic scenery, they also make great fish watching and photo spots.