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    Default Wreckage of USS Lexington Located in Coral Sea

    For all the history buffs whom wondered were the "Lady Lex" final resting place was.

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    Published on Mar 5, 2018
    Wreckage from the USS Lexington was discovered on March 4, 2018 by the expedition crew of Paul G. Allenís Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel. The aircraft carrier, "Lady Lex" was found more than 3,000 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia.

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen finds sunken WW2 aircraft carrier near Australian coast
    Also related article link: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/...i-sinking.html

    Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Lexington_(CV-2)
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    Default Re: Wreckage of USS Lexington Located in Coral Sea

    I did see the article earlier and it was linked to another ship found last year....

    USS Lexington: Lost WW2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years

    6 March 2018

    The USS Lexington was scuttled during the Battle of the Coral Sea

    The wreck of a US aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War
    Two has been found off the coast of Australia.The USS Lexington
    was found 3km (2 miles) underwater in the Coral Sea, about 800km
    off Australia's east coast.

    The ship was lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea, fought with Japan
    from 4-8 May 1942. More than 200 crew members died in the fighting.
    The US Navy confirmed the ship had been discovered by a search team
    led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Pictures showed the wreck to be
    well preserved.The discovery of the Lexington, along with 11 of its 35
    aircraft, was made by Mr Allen's company Vulcan on Sunday.

    read more....



    Lost WW2 warship USS Indianapolis found after 72 years

    21 August 2017

    The USS Indianapolis - pictured here in Pearl Harbor, 1937

    The World War Two heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis has been found in
    the Pacific Ocean, 72 years after its sinking by a Japanese submarine.
    The warship was discovered 18,000 feet (5.5km) beneath the surface.
    The Indianapolis was destroyed returning from its secret mission to
    deliver parts for the atomic bomb which was later used on Hiroshima.
    Of the 1,196 men on board, just 316 were rescued - the largest loss
    of life at sea in the history of the US Navy.

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who led the civilian search team, said
    the discovery was "truly humbling".The USS Indianapolis was destroyed
    on 30 July 1945 when, somewhere in the Philippine sea between Guam
    and Leyte, it was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine.
    Between 800-900 escaped the sinking ship. But no distress call was ever
    received, and by the time the survivors were found by chance four days
    later, just 316 were left alive in the shark-infested waters.




    USS Indianapolis sinking: 'You could see sharks circling'

    By Alex Last
    BBC World Service..29 July 2013

    When USS Indianapolis was hit by Japanese torpedoes in the final weeks
    of WWII, hundreds of crewmen jumped into the water to escape the burning
    ship. Surrounded by sharks, they waited for a response to their SOS. But no
    one had been sent to look for them.
    read more..

    It inspired a scene in Jaws....


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    Default Re: Wreckage of USS Lexington Located in Coral Sea

    The crew of the R/V Petrel does it again, locating another sunken capital ship.

    Explorers Have Found the Wreckage of the Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp

    A deep sea exploration team responsible for locating a string of World War II shipwrecks across the Pacific has uncovered yet another major find, the aircraft carrier USS Wasp. Wasp was sunk in late 1942 by submarine while covering the U.S. Marine Corps landings at Guadalcanal. The submarine, lost for nearly 80 years, was found in almost 14,000 feet of water.

    In the early days of World War II, the United States didnít have a lot of aircraft carriers to go around. The armed forces gambled on Operation Watchtower, a joint air-land-sea operation in the Solomon Islands, designed to land U.S. Marines and Army troops to evict the Japanese and set up airbases. Securing the Solomons would protect halt Japanís southern advance towards Australia and New Zealand while setting the groundwork for the beginning of a counteroffensive to push the Japanese all the way back to the Japanese home islands.

    On September 15th, 1942 USS Wasp was covering the invasion force when it was attacked by six torpedoes launched by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-19. Wasp, which had been built with less armored protection than other aircraft carriers, was struck by three of the torpedoes and sustained heavy damage. In less than an hour, Waspís commander, Captain Forrest P. Sherman, gave the abandon ship order. Wasp ultimately sank some eight hours later, the attack costing 176 killed and 366 wounded out of a total crew of 2,162.

    In recent years, an undersea exploration team assembled by the late Microsoft founder Paul Allen has found a number of World War II wrecks, including USS Juneau, USS Ward, USS Lexington, USS Helena and USS Indianapolis. In February it was announced Allenís research ship, R/V Petrel, had discovered the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, followed by the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Hiei.

    Now itís been revealed that Petrel discovered wreckage from Wasp on January 13th, 2019 in the Coral Sea, halfway between Australia and New Guinea. The carrier lies in 13,780 feet of water. Who knows what else the Petrel might find.

    Link: https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...zen.yandex.com
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