The Uss Emmons

Explore a reminder of the brutal battle of Okinawa that signaled the end game of the Pacific War.

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The resting place…

The USS Emmons rests 45m/150ft down off the coast of Kouri Island and is a 15-minute boat ride that gives you a fantastic view of Okinawa’s beautiful north, known as Yanbaru in Okinawan, all the way up to Cape Hedo.

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Doing the diving…

The trip includes 2 dives each to a depth of 40m/130ft and a shore break in between to have lunch, eat ice cream, and relax in the sun.
During the dives you’ll swim the ship’s entire length of 106m/348ft from the outside. And you’ll also get to see a nearby engine block from a Japanese kamikaze plane as well as other war wreckage scattered around.

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Quick facts

Depth: 45m/150ft
Entry: Boat
Level: Experienced Divers AOWD w. 30+ dives
Trip Duration: 2 dives – approx. 7 hours
Participants: 2-4 per Instructor
Don't Forget: Swimwear, Towel and Sunscreen
Change for Lunch
Proof of Certification
Pro Tip: Join either the Deep or Wreck certification course

Please Note:

The shipwreck of the USS Emmons is one of the more challenging yet adventurous dive sites here in Okinawa. The wreck lies at 36m/120ft to 45m/150ft deep and occasional currents can be strong. As a safety precaution, every participant is required to dive with us at a less challenging dive site prior to joining the USS Emmons trip. To be eligible, you must be able to demonstrate safe diving habits, such as good buoyancy and air consumption.

Safety first…

Since we offer single tank diving on air only we provide stage tanks with Nitrox or O2 for safety or decompression stops necessary, further we provide 17 liter/133 cuf steel tanks for those who need a little more...

Our experienced guides dive either sidemount or carry a stage tank with additional gas, just in case! On each trip we have one of our two emergency O2 kits with us and in the unlikely event of an incident we can react quick. The nearest decompression chamber is located in Naha.

A little history…

The US Navy destroyer USS Emmons DD-457 (Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia USA) - on 1st November 1943

The USS Emmons (DD-457/DMS-22) started life as a Gleaves-class destroyer in the summer of 1941, but was converted in 1944 to serve as a minesweeper and tasked with clearing Okinawa's coastal waters of sea mines.

It was during this ill-fated mission that it was attacked and hit by 5 kamikaze planes within a two-minute span and suffered crippling damage that prevented it from being manoeuvred. With fires blazing and ammunition exploding the ship had to be abandoned, suffering a loss of 60 crew members as well as 77 wounded, and sunk by its own navy to prevent it falling into the Japanese military’s hands.

And this is where the story ended on April 7th, 1945, until its rediscovery in 2001.