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USS Hornet wreck located on the sea floor

By T.K. Randall
February 13, 2019 · Comment icon 3 comments



The vessel played an important role during World War II. Image Credit: US Navy
The final resting place of the World War II-era aircraft carrier has been discovered off the Solomon Islands.
Commissioned in 1941, the USS Hornet of the United States Navy was involved in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo as well as the Battle of Midway before being irreparably damaged by Japanese torpedoes and dive-bombers during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands in 1943.

She was ultimately abandoned by US forces and later sunk by Japanese destroyers.
Now, 76 years after she disappeared beneath the waves, the research vessel Petrel - which famously located the USS Indianapolis back in 2017 - has reported that it has discovered the wreck of the USS Hornet on the sea floor off the Solomon Islands.

"We had the Hornet on our list of WWII warships that we wanted to locate because of its place in history," said Robert Kraft of Vulcan - the firm responsible for locating the vessels.

Some footage from the expedition, as well as images of the wreck, can be viewed in the video below.



Source: USA Today | Comments (3)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by and then 4 years ago
My father-in-law served with guys that fought there that day, later in the war.  It was a generation that did what was necessary and would have been ashamed to have openly complained about any of it.  He was on a destroyer tender off Iwo Jima when the Marines went ashore.  His ship took on wounded for treatment and fired illumination flares at night so Marines could see who they were trying to kill.  Pete was a good friend and a better man than I can ever hope to be.  God bless all those who served, both at home and abroad, whether they saw combat or made it possible for others to fight.  They... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by susieice 4 years ago
How wonderful to see Mr. Nowatzki have an opportunity to see the ship he served on during the attack. Now we know where she is. It's best to keep the location quiet and remember those who went down with her in the battle.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 4 years ago
My dad served on a Fletcher Class destroyer during WWII the U.S.S Conway DD507. My dad was a sonar man on the Conway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Conway_(DD-507) Like most WWII vets he didn't talk much about the war and only 3 things he ever mentioned was his ship to ship transfer in a boatswain chair (he hated that), his riding out a typhoon and that experience would just leave him shaking his head from side to side and getting very quiet. The third was when his ship put in to Sydney for overhaul and it was all about shore leave and his Aussie girlfriend. LOL. There was a Signalman aboa... [More]


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