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Wreck of USS Lexington found after 76 years

By T.K. Randall
March 6, 2018 · Comment icon 6 comments



A total of 216 crew members were killed during the battle. Image Credit: US Navy
The final resting place of the US aircraft carrier, which went down during World War II, has finally been located.
The ship, which was scuttled during the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942, was found, along with 11 of its 35 aircraft, two miles underwater approximately 800km off Australia's east coast.

It was discovered by a team led by billionaire explorer and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

"As the son of a survivor of the USS Lexington, I offer my congratulations to Paul Allen and the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel for locating the 'Lady Lex'," said Adm Harry Harris.
The battle which ultimately led to the vessel's demise was considered to be pivtol in halting Japan's advance across the Pacific during the Second World War. According to the US Navy, 216 members of the Lexington's crew were killed during the fighting while 2,000 others were successfully rescued.

"Lexington was on our priority list because she was one of the capital ships that was lost during WWII," said Robert Kraft, a spokesman for Allen's company Vulcan.

It took around six months of planning to finally locate the vessel, however there are no plans to raise it from the seabed because the US Navy considers it to be a war grave.



Source: BBC News | Comments (6)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
Double like! 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hammerclaw 5 years ago
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              
Comment icon #3 Posted by HollyDolly 5 years ago
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 gre... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then 5 years ago
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
Comment icon #5 Posted by HollyDolly 5 years ago
And then, thanks for clearing up the name confusion for me.
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then 5 years ago
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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