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2nd World War Aircraft Carrier Wreck Photographed For First Time

The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California (USA), in June 1940, embarking aircraft and vehicles prior to sailing for Hawaii. (photo credit: US NAVY)

The wreck of the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier that was sunk during the Battle of Midway in World War II, was recently photographed for the first time by the Ocean Exploration Trust.

The site of the wreck was first discovered 25 years ago, during a joint US Navy and National Geographic Society expedition led by Dr. Robert Ballard, president and founder of Ocean Exploration Trust.

The USS Yorktown sunk after being hit by a torpedo fired by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

141 officers and crewmen were killed in the sinking of the aircraft carrier.

The dives at the site were launched and closed with protocol ceremonies to honor the site and those who lost their lives on the battlefield.

The ceremonies were conducted in ways that reflected their significance to Kānaka ʻOiwi (Native Hawaiian), Japanese, and US military families and communities.

The dive, during which the wreck was photographed, was conducted as part of a 27-day NOAA-funded mission to collect baseline data to support management in the northwestern part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM).

The mission also explored the wrecks of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Akagi and the IJN Kaga. TJP

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