Sunday, 20 August 2017

Navy warship USS Indianapolis found 72 years after sinking

The Portland-class heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35) underway in Pearl Harbor in 1937. The ship was sunk on July 30, 1945 by an Imperial Japanese submarine. Pic: US Navy
USS Indianapolis pictured at Pearl Harbor in 1937. Pic: US Navy

But 72 years after it sank, the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis has been found in the Philippine Sea by 13 civilian researchers on the Research Vessel Petrel.

The ship lies 3.5 miles below the surface, according to philanthropist Paul Allen, who headed the team.

Mr Allen, also co-founder of Microsoft, said in a statement released by the US Navy that the discovery was "humbling".
He said: "To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling.

"While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming."

SKY      News.