The remains of a USS Lexington aircraft carrier, sunk during the Second World War, were found in the month of March 2018 on the Australian coast. The ship was located at a depth of three kilometers in the Coral Sea, about 800 kilometers east of the Australian coast.
The ship had sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea, which lasted from May 4 to 8, 1942, in which more than 200 crew members perished. The US Navy confirmed that the vessel had been found, after a six-month search conducted by Paul Allen, Microsoft’s multi-millionaire co-founder.
The Battle of the Coral Sea was a key moment to stop the Japanese advance on the Pacific Ocean.
” Lexington was on our priority list because it is one of the main ships lost during World War II,” said Vulcan spokesman Robert Kraft. The approximate location was known, but it had not been seen since it sank 76 years ago.
On the other hand, the anti-aircraft guns of the aircraft carrier and some of its 35 aircraft have been found, including the Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers and the Grumman F4F Wildcat fighters. The boat seems to be in good condition. The ship will not be recovered because the Americans consider it a war cemetery.
It was the first American aircraft carrier sunk in history.
In this video we can see the remains located, with the name USS Lexington in the helmet that confirms his identity:
Wreckage from the USS Lexington was discovered on March 4, 2018 by the expedition crew of Paul G. Allen’s Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel. The aircraft carrier, “Lady Lex” was found more than 3,000 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia.
Source: National Geographic en Espanol