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Wreck of Aircraft Carrier USS Lexington found

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The U.S.S. Lexington has finally been found, decades later and thousands of metres 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 804 km 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.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/sunken-world-war-ii-aircraft-carrier-found-by-deep-sea-expedition.aspx

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seanjo

Aye, War Grave leave it alone.

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Piney
4 hours ago, seanjo said:

Aye, War Grave leave it alone.

:tu: Double like! 

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Hammerclaw

The Battle of the Coral Sea stymied the Japanese southern advance and saved Port Moresby.            https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-the-Coral-Sea              

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HollyDolly

I'm  confused about this ship.Why, because in Corpus Christi ,TX, south of me, there is the USS Lexington  CV-6. It was used as a training vessel but also served in WW2. You can tour the ship and the tvshow Ghost Hunters with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of TAPS and crew did an investigation of the ship.Should be on Youtube some place. The one in Corpus has a website, so I can't understand how you could have two ships  of the same name in the same time frame.

And on that note, you can go visit the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific in Fredricksburg,TX. north of San Antonio.Admiral Chester Nimitz grew up in the town where his parents ran a hotel, which  people refered to as the Steamboat Hotel, due to the front of the hotel being shaped something like a boat. They used to at one time run a stagecoach in  in Leon Springs,Texas,  before moving to Fredricksburg. Leon Springs is north of SA  on IH10.

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The Lady Lex was in Pensacola for many years before it was sent to Corpus Christi.  She's the second carrier to have that name.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Lexington_(CV-16)

Several other ships had the same name over the years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Lexington

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HollyDolly

And then, thanks for clearing up the name confusion for me.

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6 hours ago, HollyDolly said:

And then, thanks for clearing up the name confusion for me.

Happy to learn something new, myself.  I live about 20 minutes from where the Lady Lex used to be berthed and knew a bit of her history.  I didn't know that so many other vessels had shared that historic name.   The U.S. Navy actually has a protocol for how they name vessels: https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/names.htm

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