IJN Oite is one of only three purpose built military ships sunk in Truk Lagoon
This short article above the IJN Oite wreck provides a few basic details about this Japanese World War II ship. She is one of the many Truk Lagoon wrecks for scuba divers to enjoy in Chuuk Lagoon (formerly Truk L:agoon). But she is 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 wreck is a Japanese Kamikaze Type Destroyer. She sits at a depth of 50-62 metres (170-205 feet) in Truk Lagoon. A technical diver’s wreck that’s not covered in too much coral life. Very popular with World War II enthusiasts.
Truk Lagoon is the name these Pacific lagoons and islands were known as 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, the correct name is Chuuk Lagoon. These famous wrecks are dived by scuba divers from across the world.
Details of Oite wreck
The Oite wreck wreck was a Kamikaze Class Destroyer. She was sunk on 18th February 1944, having survived the first day of Operation Hailstone.
The Oite wreck highlights how Truk Lagoon is a graveyard. There were only a few survivors when she sunk from the nearly 700 crew on board at the time she went down. In fact this is one of the few wrecks that still harbours human remains of Japanese Navy crew (see below). This includes skulls and skeleton bones.
- The Oite Destroyer was sunk by Avenger Torpedo bombers.
- She was broken in two when a torpedo hit the aft of the bridge.
- The Oite Destroyer was 100 metres (327 feet) long.
- She was a 1,523 ton ship.
- Built in 1924 by the Uraga Dock Co., Ltd of Tokyo, Japan.
- In fact the reason why she is where she lies today is because she was on her way to Japan.
- Still broken in two with the forward and medium section upside down on the sea bed.
- She is at a depth of 50-62 metres (170-205 feet).
- She had four Kampon boilers, which could drive her to 37 knots.
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. From the map on how to get to Truk Lagoon, you see that Tokyo and Japan are north west of Truk Lagoon.
Comments on Oite ship wreck
The Oite wreck is great for divers you who like to see guns on wrecks. The above image is of the 4.7 inch guns on the deck. This is also shown 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 wreck 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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