The 115-metre-long ship was sunk on October 25, 1944 as US forces fought to liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation.
A US Navy destroyer sunk throughout World Conflict II and mendacity practically 6,500 metres (21,325 ft) beneath sea stage off the Philippines has been reached on the planet’s deepest shipwreck dive, an American exploration workforce stated.
A crewed submersible filmed, photographed and surveyed the wreckage of the USS Johnston off Samar Island throughout two eight-hour dives accomplished late final month, Texas-based undersea know-how firm Caladan Oceanic stated.
The 115-metre-long (377-foot-long) ship was sunk on October 25, 1944, in the course of the Battle of Leyte Gulf as US forces fought to liberate the Philippines – then a US colony – from Japanese occupation.
Its location within the Philippine Sea was found in 2019 by one other expedition group, however many of the wreckage was past the attain of their remotely operated car.
“Simply accomplished the deepest wreck dive in historical past, to seek out the principle wreckage of the destroyer USS Johnston,” tweeted Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, who piloted the submersible.
“We situated the entrance 2/3 of the ship, upright and intact, at a depth of 6456 meters. Three of us throughout two dives surveyed the vessel and gave respects to her courageous crew.”
Solely 141 of the ship’s 327 crew survived, based on US Navy data.
The Caladan Oceanic-backed expedition discovered the bow, bridge and mid-section intact with the hull quantity “557” nonetheless seen.
Two full five-inch gun turrets, twin torpedo racks and a number of gun mounts stay in place, it stated.
Staff navigator and historian Parks Stephenson stated the wreck bore the harm inflicted in the course of the intense floor battle 76 years in the past.
“It took fireplace from the most important warship ever constructed – the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Yamato, and ferociously fought again,” stated Stephenson.
Sonar information, imagery and subject notes collected in the course of the dives can be turned over to the US Navy, Vescovo stated.