See First Glimpse Of Sunken WWII-era Aircraft Carrier

Posted: Aug 24 2016, 2:50am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 24 2016, 2:53am CDT , in Latest Science News


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See First Glimpse of Sunken WWII-era Aircraft Carrier
  • These Images Offer First Look at Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier

Experts are ready to examine an aircraft carrier that dates back to the WWII period.

A sea vessel will be exploring a WWII era aircraft carrier. It was used during the war that broke Hitler’s might and established the victory of the Allied forces.

Later on this aircraft carrier also bore the brunt of the nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll. Termed the USS Independence, it was basically a light aircraft carrier and was voluntarily allowed to sink into the sea off the coast of California. That was in 1951.

Yet today it has been spotted in the sea and is being explored by scientists and researchers. It lies 2600 feet in the deep blue ocean. According to the search mission staff, it is still not as dilapidated as it should be.

The divers will go down below the sea’s surface to explore this aircraft carrier between 7 and 9 pm EDT. The USS Independence was set to sail the high seas in 1942.

Its stomping ground was the Pacific Ocean where it fought the might of the Japanese military. The aircraft carrier was subjected to torpedoes in 1944 yet it survived. Some parts of the aircraft carrier underwent repaired as well.

However, by the time the war ended, the aircraft carrier came under the influence of the nuclear blasts at Bikini Atoll. This came under the rubric of Operation Crossroads.

The nuclear explosions took place pretty close to the carrier which was then allowed to sink into the sea as a part of the plan. Today the aircraft carrier’s hull and flight deck can be seen in images emerging from the sonar facility used in the operation.

Also a solitary plane could be spotted among the salient features. The divers will take an hour to prepare for the search operation. It will be a 16 hour long trip they will make into the underwater terrain.

The aircraft carrier is 623 feet in length. Among the combat situations the carrier faced during its tenure were a skirmish or two at Wake Island in Okinawa and in Leyte Gulf.

One of the lead scientists responsible for this mission also participated in the 2010 research foray on the Titanic. The Titanic was discovered in 1985 and a blockbuster movie was made regarding the tragedy of the sinking of the ocean liner close to the millennium.

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