The American troop and cargo vessel USS John Penn was sunk by a torpedo from a Japanese air raid.
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The big American attack transport ship the USS John Penn lies off Lunga Point at a depth of 35m to 60m. The severe damage caused the stern to separate with most dives being conducted on the ship’s bow. On the dive to the bridge and forward guns you can expect to see large schools of pelagic fish such as barracuda and Spanish mackerel inhabiting the wreck. On the port side are the remnants of the bridge where there were 20mm anti-aircraft guns. You can also look in the radio room, crew quarters and the officer's mess. Heading towards the bow; there are the forward holds, masts and winches, then the forward 3-inch guns where live ammunition spills out of the ready-use lockers. Experienced wreck divers can penetrate the exposed lower decks where the stern separated from the rest of the ship.
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