Submarine to the most well-known shipwreck

The submarine jumped into the most well-known shipwreck in the world.

The ship arrived at USS Johnston, 6.5 km (4 miles) below the waves of the Philippine Sea in the Pacific Ocean.

Explorers spent hours investigating and filming shipwrecks in a series of dives.

The 115-meter-long US Navy destroyer sank during the Battle off Samar in 1944 after a fierce battle with a large fleet of Japanese warships.

Victor Veskovo, who led the expedition and piloted the submarine, said: Taken from a fierce battle. “

Figure of starboard bow with hull number 557, with the anchor in place,

This shows the starboard bow with the anchor still in place

The wreckage of USS Johnston was first discovered in 2019, and some of the destroyers were photographed by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

However, most of the wreckage lay deeper than the ROV could reach, so this expedition deployed a submersible called the DSV limit factor.

The container is equipped with a titanium pressure hull with a thickness of 9 cm (3.5 inches), which allows two people to enter and descend to any depth. Previously, I was exploring the deepest parts of the ocean, the Mariana Trench (about 11 km below) and the Titanic.

Victor Bescobo, along with engineer Shane Eigler and naval historian Parks Stephenson, spend time investigating and filming the destroyer, although it took several dives to move the USS Johnston wreck. Is done.



Vescovo said the hull number – 557 – was clearly visible on both sides of the bow, and the two complete turrets were also intact.

“The turret was where it should be, and it kept firing until the ship went down, so it was pointing in the right direction,” he explained.

“And I saw two torpedo racks in the middle of the ship completely empty because they shot all the torpedoes at the Japanese.”

The team is currently working with Navy historians in the hope of further illuminating the Battle of World War II.

The relatively small USS Johnston was far more numerous than the Japanese fleet, including Japan’s largest battleship, but was recognized for its courage under heavy attacks.

Of the 327 crew, only 141 survived the battle.

No human bodies or clothing were found during the expedition. The team dedicated garlands before and after the dive.

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