A series of two atom bomb weapon tests were conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid The follow listings provide details of most of the naval vessels in the Operation Crossroads nuclear test target arrays, plus what happened to them:. The vessels marked in bold are those known or believed to be underwater in Bikini Lagoon. The dive trips are ex Cairns and are a day turn around allowing for 1-day steaming from Kwajalein Atoll to Bikini Atoll and 1-day return, plus days of diving for 20 dives.
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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.
Post Second World War , the atoll's inhabitants were forcibly relocated in ,  after which the islands and lagoon were the site of 23 nuclear tests by the United States until The atoll is at the northern end of the Ralik Chain , approximately miles km northwest of the capital Majuro. Three families were resettled on Bikini island in , totaling about residents. But scientists found dangerously high levels of strontium in well water in May , and the residents were carrying abnormally high concentrations of caesium in their bodies. They were evacuated in