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    Manila Bay (Manila Harbor) Luzon Philippines
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Justin Taylan 2005

Location
Manila Bay borders Manila to the east, Cavite Province to the south and the Bataan Peninsula to the north. Also known as "Manila Harbor". Today, the islands in Manila Bay are under the jurisdiction of the Cavite Province as a Military Reservoir Zone and National Park (Corregidor) and partly under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Navy and Marines.

Wartime History
After the surrender of American and Filipino forces, the Japanese occupied Manila Bay and used the anchorage during their occupation of Luzon until early 1945. Liberated during late February 1945, but the harbor was obstructed by many shipwrecks and debris left by the Japanese to block the harbor. The US Navy 7th Fleet helped clear obstacles before being deemed safe for use by April 1945.

Corregidor Island (Fort Mills, The Rock)
Island fortress guarding the entrance to Manila Bay fortified with gun batteries

Caballo Island (Fort Hughes)
Another fortified island, off limits to visitors today

El Fraile Island (Fort Drum)
Located at the southern entrance of Manila Bay, developed into a battlefield shaped fortress

Carabao Island (Fort Frank)
Island with fortress, at the southern entrance to Manila Harbor, nearest to Cavite

Hatsuharu
Sunk November 14, 1944 into shallow water in Manila Bay

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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