Bikini Atoll—without a doubt—is the undisputed top wreck diving destination on the planet. Only a brave few divers ever ventured to this remote place deep within the Marshall Islands. Costing a small fortune to get to, Bikini was only a destination for the elite and stinking rich!! It was a place every diver dreamed of getting to. Traveling to this Atoll, deep within the Marshal Island group, takes some doing. Getting there from Auckland, New Zealand, I flew to Cairns, then Guam, then onto Kwajalein via an island hopper, which stopped at four other Micronesian islands.
Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid They were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July , and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, The purpose of the tests was to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on warships. The Crossroads tests were the first of many nuclear tests held in the Marshall Islands , and the first to be publicly announced beforehand and observed by an invited audience, including a large press corps. The first test was Able.
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