Join DiveBuddy.com

Meet new scuba divers, maintain a virtual dive log, participate in our forum, share underwater photos, research dive sites and more. Members login here.

Upload Photo


Loading...
The C-59 aka Cadete Francisco Marquez wreck is actually the USS Diploma (AM221), an Admirable class-minesweeper which was awarded three battle stars for her service in the Pacific during World War Two. She was actively involved in mine-sweeping and escort activities from January through July 1945 in Okinawa, Guam, Saipan and the Japanese mainland. In 1962 she was sold to the Mexican navy and renamed the ARM DM-17 and than later in 1994 renamed ARM Cadete Francisco Márquez (C59). In 2004 she was sunk as an artificial reef here in La Paz. She lies on her port side, ranging in depth from 70ft/20m to 30ft/9m.

Mexican Armada photo


Wiki history; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Diploma_(AM-221)

Dive Site Map

Map Legend