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Addu Atoll

Addu Atoll (73.169E 0.695S) is located at the southern end of the Maldives and has a sizable lagoon. The British established a fleet anchorage here and built an airstrip on the island of Gan just before the Pacific War broke out. The fleet base, known as Base T, was kept secret and the Japanese apparently did not learned of its existence before late 1942.

Addu was the principal base from which the British Eastern Fleet operated during the Japanese raid into the Indian Ocean in April 1942. The base was well located to strike at the open flank of the Japanese carrier force as it advanced on Ceylon from the southeast, but the overwhelming superiority of the Japanese in the air kept the British at bay.

References

Bennighof (accessed 2001-11-2)

Dunnigan and Nofi (1998)

Morison (1948)

Willmott (1982)



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