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US News Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway

16:41  21 october  2019
16:41  21 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship . The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and The crew of the research vessel Petrel is hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway , which historians consider

A group of deep-sea researchers looking for sunken World War II ships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the 18, 2019. The crew of the Petrel found the sunken remains of the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga, which sank in the historic Battle of Midway , and are

Smoking hulk of the Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma, which was destroyed during the decisive Battle of Midway. © Getty Smoking hulk of the Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma, which was destroyed during the decisive Battle of Midway. MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway.

Strill From 'The Battle Of Midway' © Getty Strill From 'The Battle Of Midway'

Vulcan Inc.'s director of undersea operations Rob Kraft and Naval History and Heritage Command historian Frank Thompson reviewed high frequency sonar images of the warship Sunday and say that its dimensions and location mean it has to be the carrier Akagi.

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The find comes on the heels of the discovery of another carrier, the Kaga, last week. The crew of the research vessel Petrel hopes to find all ships lost in the 1942 Battle of Midway , which historians consider a pivotal fight for the U.S. in WWII . The battle was fought between American and Japanese

Battle of Midway was turning point in WWII and a key U.S. victory. The crew are searching the vast area for other sunken warships in the coming days of which a further five remain. Weeks of grid searches around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have already led the crew of the Petrel to one

A high frequency sonar image of the flagship Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi is shown aboard the research vessel Petrel on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The crew of the Petrel confirmed the ship was the Akagi based on its measurements and location. The ship sand during the 1942 WWII Battle of Midway. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) © Provided by The Associated Press A high frequency sonar image of the flagship Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi is shown aboard the research vessel Petrel on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The crew of the Petrel confirmed the ship was the Akagi based on its measurements and location. The ship sand during the 1942 WWII Battle of Midway. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) The Akagi was found in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument resting in nearly 18,000 feet (5,490 meters) of water more than 1,300 miles (2,090 kilometers) northwest of Pearl Harbor.

Rob Kraft, director of undersea operations at Vulcan Inc., reviews sonar scans of a warship from the World War II Battle of Midway that was found by the crew of the research vessel Petrel on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The crew confirmed the ship was the flagship Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) © Provided by The Associated Press Rob Kraft, director of undersea operations at Vulcan Inc., reviews sonar scans of a warship from the World War II Battle of Midway that was found by the crew of the research vessel Petrel on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The crew confirmed the ship was the flagship Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship. The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and the image of a warship appeared in the first set of readings Sunday morning.

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The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship . The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and The crew of the research vessel Petrel is hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway , which historians consider

historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway . Petrel is hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway , which historians consider a pivotal fight for the U.S. in the Pacific during WWII .

The first scan used low-resolution sonar, so the crew sent their AUV back to get higher-quality images.

"I'm sure of what we're seeing here, the dimensions that we're able to derive from this image (are) conclusive," Kraft said. "It can be none other than Akagi."

The vessel is sitting among a pile of debris and the ground around the warship is clearly disturbed by the impact of it hitting the seafloor.

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Researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship . The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data and the The crew of the research vessel Petrel is hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway , which historians consider a

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that

Rob Kraft, director of undersea operations at Vulcan Inc., reviews sonar scans of a warship from the World War II Battle of Midway that was found by the crew of the research vessel Petrel, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) © Provided by The Associated Press Rob Kraft, director of undersea operations at Vulcan Inc., reviews sonar scans of a warship from the World War II Battle of Midway that was found by the crew of the research vessel Petrel, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) "She's sitting upright on her keel, we can see the bow, we can see the stern clearly, you can see some of the gun emplacements on there, you can see that some of the flight deck is also torn up and missing so you can actually look right into where the flight deck would be," said Kraft.

The find comes on the heels of the discovery of another Japanese carrier, the Kaga, last week.

An autonomous underwater vehicle carrying high frequency sonar images of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi is loaded onto the research vessel Petrel, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The crew of the Petrel confirmed a ship they found was the flagship carrier Akagi based on its measurements and location. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) © Provided by The Associated Press An autonomous underwater vehicle carrying high frequency sonar images of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi is loaded onto the research vessel Petrel, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The crew of the Petrel confirmed a ship they found was the flagship carrier Akagi based on its measurements and location. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) "We read about the battles, we know what happened. But when you see these wrecks on the bottom of the ocean and everything, you kind of get a feel for what the real price is for war," said Frank Thompson, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C., who is onboard the Petrel. "You see the damage these things took, and it's humbling to watch some of the video of these vessels because they're war graves."

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A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway . Vulcan Inc. director of undersea operations Rob Kraft said a review of sonar data captured Sunday shows what could be

The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship . The vehicle had been out overnight collecting The crew of the research vessel Petrel is hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway , which historians consider a pivotal

The sun rises over Vulcan Inc.'s research vessel Petrel nearly 200 miles off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The crew of the Petrel found the sunken remains of the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga, which sank in the historic Battle of Midway, and are searching the vast area for other sunken warships in the coming days. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) © Provided by The Associated Press The sun rises over Vulcan Inc.'s research vessel Petrel nearly 200 miles off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The crew of the Petrel found the sunken remains of the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga, which sank in the historic Battle of Midway, and are searching the vast area for other sunken warships in the coming days. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Until now, only one of the seven ships that went down in the June 1942 air and sea battle — five Japanese vessels and two American — had been located.

FILE - This June 1942 file photo shows an aerial photo of a Japanese carrier maneuvering in a complete circle in an effort to escape in the Midway Islands, Hawaii. After the battle, the Army reported repeated bomb hits on the enemy carriers Kaga and Akagi, while the Navy, in listing results, said four enemy carriers were definitely sunk. A research vessel called the Petrel is launching underwater robots about halfway between the U.S. and Japan in search of warships from the Battle of Midway. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This June 1942 file photo shows an aerial photo of a Japanese carrier maneuvering in a complete circle in an effort to escape in the Midway Islands, Hawaii. After the battle, the Army reported repeated bomb hits on the enemy carriers Kaga and Akagi, while the Navy, in listing results, said four enemy carriers were definitely sunk. A research vessel called the Petrel is launching underwater robots about halfway between the U.S. and Japan in search of warships from the Battle of Midway. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

The crew of the research vessel Petrel is hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway, which historians consider a pivotal victory for the U.S. in the Pacific during WWII.

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The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship . The vehicle had been out overnight collecting data, and the image of a warship appeared in the first set of readings this morning. To confirm exactly which ship they’ve found the crew will deploy the

The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, equipped with sonar to find the ship . The vehicle had been out overnight collecting The crew of the research vessel Petrel is hoping to find and survey all lost ships from the 1942 Battle of Midway , which historians consider a pivotal

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The battle was fought between American and Japanese aircraft carriers and warplanes about 200 miles (320 kilometers) off Midway Atoll, a former military installation that the Japanese hoped to capture in a surprise attack.

The U.S., however, intercepted Japanese communications about the strike and were waiting when they arrived. More than 2,000 Japanese and 300 Americans died.

FILE - In this June 4, 1942 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy the USS Astoria (CA-34) steams by USS Yorktown (CV-5), shortly after the carrier had been hit by three Japanese bombs in the battle of Midway. Researchers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are honing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific. A research vessel called the Petrel is launching underwater robots about halfway between the U.S. and Japan in search of warships from the Battle of Midway. (William G. Roy/U.S. Navy via AP, File) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this June 4, 1942 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy the USS Astoria (CA-34) steams by USS Yorktown (CV-5), shortly after the carrier had been hit by three Japanese bombs in the battle of Midway. Researchers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are honing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific. A research vessel called the Petrel is launching underwater robots about halfway between the U.S. and Japan in search of warships from the Battle of Midway. (William G. Roy/U.S. Navy via AP, File) The expedition is an effort started by the late Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft. For years, the crew of the 250-foot (76-meter) Petrel has worked with the U.S. Navy and other officials around the world to locate and document sunken ships. It has found more than 30 vessels so far.

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Kraft says the crew's mission started with Allen's desire to honor his father's military service. Allen died last year.

"It really extends beyond that at this time," Kraft said. "We're honoring today's service members, it's about education and, you know, bringing history back to life for future generations."

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