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US News Wrecked Japanese Carriers, Lost in WWII, Are Found in Pacific Depths

05:20  22 october  2019
05:20  22 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A research vessel has found the World War II aircraft carrier 's wreckage more than 17,000 feet JUST WATCHED. WWII US aircraft carrier found in South Pacific . The Petrel carries two onboard robotic vehicles which it deploys to plumb nautical depths as much as three miles below the surface.

aircraft carrier , lost for 76 years, has been found in the South Pacific . Late last month a research vessel called the R/V Petrel found the World War II aircraft carrier ’s wreckage more than 17,000 feet To find the Hornet, the expedition team aboard the Petrel used data from the archives of nine

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In the murky depths thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, two Japanese warships that have rested undisturbed since the Battle of Midway in World War II have been discovered.

In the past few days, deep sea explorers aboard the Petrel, a 250-foot research vessel that explores historically significant shipwrecks, announced they had located the wreckage of the Japanese carriers Kaga and Akagi, two among the six-carrier fleet used by Japanese aircraft to attack Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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  Explorers set out to find lost WWII ships Deep sea explorers hoping to discover sunken World War Two ships are launching underwater robots in an area where one of the most significant battles of the time took place. The crew of US research vessel Petrel is scouring the Pacific for warships from the famed Battle of Midway, which is considered by historians to be an essential US victory and a key turning point in WWII.Weeks of searches around the northwestern Hawaiian Islands - roughly halfway between the US and Japan - have already unearthed one sunken warship, the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga.

To find the Hornet, the expedition team aboard the Petrel used data from the archives of nine other The Petrel carries two onboard robotic vehicles which it deploys to plumb nautical depths as much as “As a result, the Japanese carriers did not engage again in battle for almost another two years.”

To find the Hornet, the expedition team aboard the Petrel used data from the archives of nine other US warships that sighted the carrier in the days before its demise. The Petrel carries two onboard robotic vehicles which it deploys to plumb nautical depths as much as three miles below the surface.

In June 1942, American dive-bombers attacked the carriers in one of the most famous battles in American naval history, about six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted the formal entry of the United States into the war. It was named after the Midway Atoll, a strategic ring-shaped reef some 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu, and was seen as a turning point for the United States in the Pacific campaign against Japan, which had naval superiority but lost four carriers in the episode.

a ship in a body of water: The Japanese carrier Akagi, at sea during the summer of 1941. © Naval History and Heritage Command The Japanese carrier Akagi, at sea during the summer of 1941.

The Petrel crew had spent weeks surveying the area, documenting more than 500 square nautical miles before picking up the wreckage in a conservation site known as Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the atoll region of the Central Pacific. Using sonar images, the Kaga came into view on Wednesday, and the Akagi was detected on Sunday in depths of 17,000 feet, according to Vulcan Inc., which owns and operates the Petrel and has served as the multibillionaire Paul G. Allen’s organization overseeing and supporting his philanthropic initiatives. The carriers were the largest Japanese carriers that Japan had at the time.

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  Researchers find second warship from WWII 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. 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.

aircraft carrier , lost for 76 years, has been found in the South Pacific . Late last month a research vessel called the R/V Petrel found the World War II aircraft carrier ’s wreckage more than 17,000 The Petrel carries two onboard robotic vehicles which it deploys to plumb nautical depths as much as

Wreckage Of WWII Aircraft Carrier Found In The South Pacific Ocean. More than 75 years after the aircraft carrier USS Hornet sank in a World War II battle, researchers have uncovered its Two Japanese destroyers eventually launched an additional torpedo attack, sinking the Hornet.

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The crew has discovered more than 30 sunken warships, including, this year, the remains of the American aircraft carrier Wasp, which was sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 1942, and, in 2015, the Japanese warship Musashi.

“This project is significantly different from previous missions as it required a level of investigation, analysis and survey of a carrier-based engagement initially separated by over 150 nautical miles,” Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Vulcan, said in a statement. “It was a major carrier-to-carrier battle that left its eerie evidence strewn for a total area covering thousands of square nautical miles across the ocean floor.”

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Petrel owes its existence to Mr. Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, and to Vulcan. Underwater exploration and World War II history were interests of Mr. Allen’s. He died in 2018 at 65 after a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

During the Battle of Midway, from June 3 to 7, the two carriers were dive-bombed by American planes and Kaga was torpedoed before they were scuttled by their own navies. The battle’s overall casualty toll was 2,204 Japanese forces, and 307 American forces, according to Naval History and Heritage Command figures.

The scene as the two carriers went to their underwater graves was captured in a New York Times dispatch on June 10, 1942:

The sister ships Kaga and Akagi are no more. Tossing in his rubber boat in the waters off Midway, our wounded Ensign Gay watched the two great Japanese carriers blasted into flame from stem to stern as their planes circled helplessly above them, unable to land on the blazing furnaces which had been their nests.

A compilation of sonar images showing the wreckage of the Japanese carrier Akagi. © Vulcan, Inc. A compilation of sonar images showing the wreckage of the Japanese carrier Akagi.

An Associated Press reporter onboard the Petrel who is writing about the discovery said that the Akagi was resting amid a pile of debris and that the ground around it was clearly disturbed by the impact of it hitting the seafloor.

“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,” Mr. Kraft told the A.P.

In the battle, the United States lost one carrier, the Yorktown, and a destroyer, Hammann, while two other Japanese carriers, the Soryu and Hiryu, also sank.

An underwater photograph of the gun mount of Kaga. © Vulcan Inc. An underwater photograph of the gun mount of Kaga.

“With each piece of debris and each ship we discover and identify, our intent is to honor history and those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for their countries,” Mr. Kraft said.

Similar to previous discoveries, there are no plans to disturb the carriers, which are considered war graves that will go untouched, a Vulcan spokeswoman confirmed.

Frank Thompson, a historian from the Naval History and Heritage Command, who is part of the team aboard the Petrel, said the discovery would give historians a “new perspective” of the pivotal battle. “Unlike land battles, war at sea leaves no traces on the surface,” he said in the statement.

Kitty Bennett contributed research.

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