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 War II and mendacity almost 6,500 metres (21,325 toes) under sea degree off the Philippines has been reached on this planet’s deepest shipwreck dive, an American exploration group mentioned.
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 mentioned.
The 115-metre-long (377-foot-long) ship was sunk on October 25, 1944, throughout 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 a lot of the wreckage was past the attain of their remotely operated car.
“Just completed the deepest wreck dive in history, to find the main wreckage of the destroyer USS Johnston,” tweeted Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, who piloted the submersible.
“We located the front 2/3 of the ship, upright and intact, at a depth of 6456 meters. Three of us across two dives surveyed the vessel and gave respects to her brave crew.”
Only 141 of the ship’s 327 crew survived, in line with 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 mentioned.
Team navigator and historian Parks Stephenson mentioned the wreck bore the harm inflicted throughout the intense floor battle 76 years in the past.
“It took fire from the largest warship ever constructed – the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Yamato, and ferociously fought back,” mentioned Stephenson.
Sonar knowledge, imagery and subject notes collected throughout the dives can be turned over to the US Navy, Vescovo mentioned.