IJN Oite is one of only three purpose built military ships sunk in Truk Lagoon
This short article is to provide you with a few basic details about Japanese World War II ship IJN Oite. She is one of the many Truk Lagoon wrecks for scuba divers to enjoy in Chuuk Lagoon, but one of only three purpose built military ships that were sunk during Operation Hailstone.
Scuba dive the Kamikaze Class Destroyer Oite wreck: The IJN Oite is a Japanese Kamikaze Type Destroyer sitting in 50-62 (170-205 feet) metres of water in Truk Lagoon. A technical diver’s wreck that’s not covered in too much coral life, but one that’s popular with World War II enthusiasts.
Truk Lagoon is the name these Pacific lagoons and islands were named in 1944 when they were in Japanese occupation. However, the name of Truk Lagoon was changed in 1990 to Chuuk Lagoon.
Scuba divers seem to use these two names synonymously. Whilst the correct name is Chuuk Lagoon, at the time these ship wrecks were sunk, which are now dived by scuba divers across the world, it was named Truk Lagoon.
Details of Oite wreck
The Oite wreck was a Kamikaze Class Destroyer and was sunk on 18th February 1944, haivng survived the first day of Operation Hailstone.
It’s wrecks like this one which highlight how Truk Lagoon is a graveyard, as there were only a few survivors from the nearly 700 crew on board her when she sunk. In fact this is one of the few wrecks that still harbours remains of Japanese Navy crew (see below).
The Oite Destroyer was sunk by Avenger Torpedo bombers. She was broken in two when a torpedo hit the aft of the bridge.
Still broken in two with the forward and medium section upside down on the sea bed sitting in 50-62 (170-205 feet) metres of water. You see from the Truk Lagoon wreck map that Oite is away from the main cluster of wrecks. She lies near to the North Pass.
In fact the reason why she is where she lies is because she was on her way to Japan. You’ll see from the map from how to get to Truk Lagoon that Tokyo and Japan are north west of Truk Lagoon.
The Oite Destroyer was 100 metres (327 feet) long and a 1,523 ton ship, and was built in 1924 by the Uraga Dock Co., Ltd of Tokyo, Japan. She had four Kampon boilers, which could drive her to 37 knots.
Comments on Oite ship wreck
For those of you who like to see guns on wrecks, there is one of the 4.7 inch guns on the deck, as shown in the above image and in the video below.
In addition to this gun there were two 7.7mm guns, 2 pairs of 21-inch torpedo tubes, 4 depth charge throwers (see video below), and 18 depth charges on board.
Where she lies the waters are particularly clear with good visibility. You’ll see this from the first image on this article and the video below.
There’s’ not much coral growth on this wreck compared to the other Truk Lagoon wrecks.
Human remains on Oite wreck
IJN Oite is one of the few wrecks where you will find the remains of humans. The above image is a shrine to the Japanese naval crew who lost their lives when this ship went down.
To understand more about what happened at Truk Lagoon, please take a read of this article…what happened at Truk Lagoon in 1944.
Oite Truck Lagoon wreck video
This is a video of Oite Destroyer truck Lagoon wreck.
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