Japanese WWII Battleship Sunk By US Found Off Solomon Islands

first_imgStay on target In 2015, the survey team also found another Imperial Japanese Navy battleship, the Musashi, on the seabed of the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines.According to Todaka, this latest discovery offers “an opportunity to reconsider the misery of the war.”The Imperial Japanese Navy ship Hiei was sunk by U.S. forces on Nov. 14, 1942.More on Geek.com:Florida Man Fishes Out WWII Grenade, Drives It to Taco BellRuins of WWII Village Unearthed Due to Low Water LevelsCentury-Old Shipwreck Discovered on New Jersey Beach Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists center_img The wreckage of the first Japanese battleship to be sunk by U.S. forces during World War II has been discovered off the Solomon Islands by a research organization set up by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen.The discovery of the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Hiei, which was found upside-down on the seabed northwest of Savo Island, was made on Jan. 31 by the Research Vessel (RV) Petrel.A set of the 127mm (5″) guns in the wreckage of the Japanese battleship Hiei, found off the Solomon Islands. (Photo Credit: RV Petrel)The 492-foot-long rear section of the Hiei was found at a depth of 3,231 feet (985 meters), and the ship’s bow section, some 229 feet long, has so far not been found.Hiei, which was part of the strike force that attacked Pearl Harbor, was sunk during WWII on November 14, 1942. It was was crippled by a shell from the USS San Francisco on Nov. 13, 1942, which disabled the steering gear. For the next 24 hours it was attacked by multiple sorties of torpedo, dive, and B-17 bombers. It sank sometime in the evening with a loss of 188 of her crew, according to the Japan Times.A porthole on the hull of the wreckage of the Japanese WWII battleship Hiei. (Photo Credit: RV Petrel)Eerie images posted to the RV Petrel Facebook page show Hiei’s five-inch guns and intact glass portholes in the ship’s barnacle-encrusted hull.“It is highly likely that an ammunition room on the battleship’s bow side exploded for some reason,” Kazushige Todaka, director of the Kure Maritime Museum in Hiroshima Prefecture, told the Japan Times after viewing the footage and images of the wreckage.This may have been the base for one of the masts on Hiei. (Photo Credit: RV Petrel)RV Petrel also posted sonar images of the battleship and her debris field on the seafloor.Equipped with two onboard robots — an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) and a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) — the RV Petrel is able to search more than three miles below the sea. It has been used to discover other historic military wrecks, such as the wrecks of the USS Helena, USS Lexington, and the USS Juneau.last_img

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