A US warship has been found in the Pacific Ocean – more than seven decades since it was sunk by a torpedo.
USS Indianapolis was located 18,000 (5.5 kilometres) below the surface by a civilian search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Its destruction on July 30, 1945, inflicted the US Navy’s largest-ever loss of life.
The warship, returning from a mission to deliver parts for the Hiroshima atomic bomb, sank so quickly just 316 of the 1,196 crew were rescued.
“To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role during World War II is truly humbling,” Allen said in a statement on his website.
“As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances.
“While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming.”
We’ve located wreckage of USS Indianapolis in Philippine Sea at 5500m below the sea. ‘35’ on hull 1st confirmation: https://t.co/V29TLj1Ba4 pic.twitter.com/y5S7AU6OEl— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) August 19, 2017
Important chapter of WWII history concludes—I hope survivors/families gain some closure. Anchor and ship’s bell seen here. #USSIndianapolis pic.twitter.com/Kk1YrcaeN1— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) August 19, 2017
#RVPetrel’s search for #USSIndianapolis continues—more info and pictures to come: https://t.co/8nNBj1iaO4 pic.twitter.com/bzD86dSX57— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) August 19, 2017