Explorers discover a World War II naval destroyer, discovering the deepest shipwreck


Manila, Philippines — According to explorers, the US Navy destroyer, which engaged the superior Japanese fleet in the greatest naval battle of World War II in the Philippines, became the deepest shipwreck found.

USS Samuel B. Roberts (commonly known as “Sammy B”) was confirmed on Wednesday to be split in two on a slope 6,985 meters (22,916 feet) deep.

This makes it 426 meters (1,400 feet) deeper than USS Johnston. This is the deepest shipwreck ever discovered in the Philippine Sea last year by the American explorer Victor Bescobo, the founder of the Dallas-based Karadan Marine Expedition. He announced his latest discoveries with the UK-based EYOS Expeditions.

“It was a great honor to find this incredibly famous ship, and by doing so, retelling the story of her hero and duty to those who may not know the sacrifice of the ship and its crew. I have the opportunity, “former Navy commander Bescovo said in a statement.

Sammy B. participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the final stage of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944. In this battle, the Imperial Japanese Navy suffered the largest ship loss and was unable to expel the U.S. forces from the invading Battle of Leyte Gulf. Previously as part of the liberation of the Philippines.

According to some records, the destroyer invalidated a Japanese heavy cruiser with a torpedo and caused serious damage to another heavy cruiser. After running out of almost all ammunition, she was critically struck by her flagship battleship Yamato and sank. Of the 224 crew, 89 died and 120 were rescued, including her captain, Major Cmdr. Robert W. Copeland.

According to retired admiral and naval historian Samuel J. Cox, Copeland said, “There is no more honor,” and the men who showed such incredible courage were overwhelming odds. Led to the battle of.

In a statement, Cox said, “This place is a sacred war grave, to remind all Americans of the enormous costs of previous generations for the freedom we take for granted today. It will be useful. “

Explorers said historical records of where the shipwreck was were not very accurate until its discovery. According to EYOS, this study used the deepest side scan sonar installed and operated on submersibles. This is well beyond the standard commercial limit of 6,000 meters (19,685 feet).

Associated Press