Ship Type: Aircraft Carrier
Launched in 1922 as one the United States’ first dedicated aircraft carriers, the 37,000-ton USS Saratoga survived torpedo attacks and kamikaze strikes to earn eight battle stars during WW2. Surplus to requirements in the post-war Navy, she was selected to take part in Operation Crossroads after a short stint as a training ship. Surviving the first test with little damage, she was sunk by the BAKER shot; the underwater explosion lifting her out of the water and caving in her sides. She currently sits up right on the bottom of the Atoll.
At a depth range of 15-50m the Saratoga is the shallowest wreck in Bikini Atoll, with the main penetration on the hangar deck. She rests top up making this a good dive for divers new to wreck diving. Bring camera equipment to capture stunning views of the fully intact flight deck, pilot house, and gun batteries. For experienced divers, less than 10% of the wreck is explored giving lots of opportunity for discovery.