Playa Giron


17.April 1961 the American intelligence agency CIA launched an amphibious operation to invade Cuba and overthrow Fidel Castro. A landing Brigade 2506 and other ex Cuban paramilitary forces were used, delivered to shore by several small landing crafts. The battle at Bay of Pigs lasted for three days before the US backed force had to surrender due to lack of support. The operation that was meant to stop Castro, had the opposite effect and he was after this considered a national hero and managed to greatly strengthened his position as leader in Cuba. In Bay of Pigs, the wreck of two of these military landing crafts rest on a depth of approximately 15 meter.

Former names:
Playa Giron

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22°04′ N 81°02′ W


Pictures: Landing ships at Playa Giron & soldiers from Brigade 2506 taken prisoners
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