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Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier Found by Deep-Sea Expedition
NaTIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ^ | 3/6/2018 | Elaina Zachos

Posted on 03/07/2018 9:43:26 PM PST by bitt

Known for deep-sea exploration efforts uncovering military ships in the past, Paul Allen's personal search team has helped to discover a lost aircraft carrier.

The U.S.S. Lexington has finally been found, decades later and thousands of feet underwater.

The crew of Research Vessel Petrel (R/V Petrel), the exploration ship of billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, discovered the wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier Monday. It was found about two miles below the surface of the Coral Sea and more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia.

The Lexington is one of the first aircraft carriers built by the U.S. It went down in 1942 with 216 crewmembers and 35 aircraft on board, and it's finally been found.

WARTIME RELICS Allen is the son of a WWII veteran, and the R/V Petrel team had been planning to locate the Lexington for about six months after they were given coordinates for where the sunken ship might be. For this, they retrofitted their 250-foot vessel, originally deployed to the Philippine Sea in 2017, with subsea equipment that can reach depths up to three and a half miles. (Read: "How Microsoft Billionaire Found Largest Sunken Battleship")

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1moretime; usslexington; wreckage; ww2
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1 posted on 03/07/2018 9:43:26 PM PST by bitt
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2 posted on 03/07/2018 9:44:34 PM PST by bitt (We dont need an electric chair, we need electric bleachers.)
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What an awesome find!


3 posted on 03/07/2018 10:03:17 PM PST by LUV W (Our troops are the best of the best and we should honor them EVERY day!)
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To: bitt

Wow, that’s amazing!


4 posted on 03/07/2018 10:07:58 PM PST by JPJones (More tariffs, less income tax.)
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To: bitt

“The Lady Lex’’ found at last. She went down with 219 hands on May 8,1942. The following month the US Navy would get revenge at The Battle of Midway and put four Jap carriers at the bottom of The Pacific.


5 posted on 03/07/2018 10:22:32 PM PST by jmacusa ("Made it Ma, top of the world!'')
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To: bitt

The website has a few pics pertaining to the article and then shows sea life and other nonsense pictures.The aircraft that were found in a debri field were non existant until these photos were released.Hopefully Allen can recover these for the navy museum and for himself as he has quite a collection of WW2 aircraft.What an AWESOME discovery.


6 posted on 03/07/2018 10:36:36 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: bitt

That will buff right out.


7 posted on 03/07/2018 11:43:23 PM PST by Revel
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To: Revel

Are we sure its not a new submarine aircraft carrier?


8 posted on 03/08/2018 3:09:28 AM PST by TonyM (UPS)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Most likely nothing will be removed. It is a war grave and still property of the US .


9 posted on 03/08/2018 3:12:57 AM PST by Destroyer Sailor (Revenge is a dish best served cold.)
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To: Destroyer Sailor
Most likely nothing will be removed. It is a war grave and still property of the US .

Can Paul Allen remove the aircraft that slid off the deck since they are scattered around the area or does that law just pertain to the wreck itself?

Or is the geographical area considered a war grave? Just wondering.

10 posted on 03/08/2018 3:41:24 AM PST by DCBryan1 (Quit calling them liberals, progressives, or Democrats. Call them what they are: COMMUNISTS!)
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From what I have read the debri field (where the aircraft came to rest on the sea floor)is excluded from the war grave according to the government.We will just have to see.


11 posted on 03/08/2018 4:50:06 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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It is probably deep enough that nothing will be moved. Some of the WWII ships in shallow water, such as the Repulse, have been mutilated by salvagers using cranes to salvage steel. Do a search on HMS Repulse.


12 posted on 03/08/2018 4:51:32 AM PST by alternatives? (Why have an army if there are no borders?)
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I believe the “Bismarck” debris field indicates where the turrets “fell out” when the ship overturned on her way down; incredible.


13 posted on 03/08/2018 4:55:27 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: jmacusa

How did you make out in the storm?

An incredible aspect of the carrier war in the Pacific in contrast to the battleship encounters of WWI is that no enemy carriers were ever within sight of each other. The distances involved in the Pacific War are mind-boggling; the Japanese could re-supply isolated island garrisons with subs because their subs had to be made so much larger than U-boats (to cover much larger distances).


14 posted on 03/08/2018 5:19:03 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: bitt

Amazing. Thanks for sharing.


15 posted on 03/08/2018 5:53:53 AM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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A little WD40 and some Scotchbrite and I bet I could get that thing to shoot again.

Nice find.


16 posted on 03/08/2018 6:34:26 AM PST by super7man (Madam Defarge, knitting, knitting, always knitting)
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To: jmacusa

Awesome, the next carrier ship out of the yards was Christened USS Lexington, BIL was a Plank Owner, we just lost him at 91 last year. She too was called the Lady Lex.

Hubby served on carriers like the USS Midway (Nam), Constelation (Missile Crisis), ending 20 yr career on the Enchon.


17 posted on 03/08/2018 6:43:14 AM PST by GailA (Ret. SCPO wife: suck it up buttercups it's President Donald Trump!)
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To: alternatives?

If Allen will pay for it I doubt the navy would have a problem with him recovering those aircraft. I’m sure they’d love to have aircraft from that battle in Pensacola.


18 posted on 03/08/2018 6:46:01 AM PST by lodi90
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Lately Paul Allen has been the force behind finding these lost WWII ships. He’s doing great work.


19 posted on 03/08/2018 7:00:06 AM PST by submarinerswife (Allahu FUBAR)
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Hey kearny! Not bad at all down here on The Jersey Shore. Was more bluster than anything else. How about you? Yes WW2 in the Pacific was certainly the most wide ranging. Considering the Pacific Ocean covers some 12 million square miles. No other country's navy could do the job and rose to the challenge as did ours. The Japanese never fully developed a convoy system that could adequately supply their forces and the reality and the Japanese code of the warrior meant for those troops on those islands that theirs was a one way trip. They were basically there to die for the Emperor. Some of them didn't give up for years after the war ended.
20 posted on 03/08/2018 7:09:48 AM PST by jmacusa ("Made it Ma, top of the world!'')
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