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20 October 2019 04:39

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A crew of researchers scanning the sea floor of the Pacific has found the final resting place of a Japanese warship lost during the historic World War II Battle of Midway. Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken WW II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. But when you see these wrecks on the bottom of the ocean and everything, you kind of get a feel for what the real price is for war," said Frank Thompson, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C., who is on board the Petrel. Sonar images of the Kaga show the bow of the heavy carrier hit the sea floor at high speed, scattering debris and leaving an impact crater that looks as if an explosion occurred in the ocean. Vulcan Inc. director of subsea operations on the Petrel, Rob Kraft, looks at images of the Kaga.

For years, the crew of the 76-metre Petrel has worked with the U.S. Navy and other officials around the world to find and document sunken ships. This is the first time it has looked for warships from the Battle of Midway, which took place six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour and left more than 2,000 Japanese and 300 Americans dead. As Japanese warplanes started bombing the military installation at Midway Atoll, a tiny group of islands about 2,090 kilometres northwest of Honolulu, U.S. forces were already on their way to intercept Japan's fleet. After the battle, the U.S. army reported repeated bomb hits on the Kaga and the Akagi, while the navy, in listing results, said four enemy carriers were definitely sunk. As soon as the deck edge began to go under, I knew she wasn't going to last," said Crawford, whose later military career was with the naval nuclear propulsion program.

Rob Kraft, director of subsea operations on the Petrel, says the crew's mission started with Allen's desire to honour his father's military service. Vulcan Inc director of subsea operations on the Petrel, Rob Kraft, left, looks at images of the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga, off Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway between the United States and Japan, a research vessel is launching underwater robots miles into the abyss to look for warships from the famed Battle of Midway. Weeks of grid searches around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands already have led the Petrel to one sunken warship, the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga.

But when you see these wrecks on the bottom of the ocean and everything, you kind of get a feel for what the real price is for war," said Frank Thompson, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C., who is onboard the Petrel. Sonar images of the Kaga show the bow of the heavy carrier hit the seafloor at a high rate of speed, scattering debris and leaving an impact crater that looks as if an explosion occurred in the ocean. Until now, only one of the seven ships that went down in the June 1942 air and sea battle - five Japanese vessels and two American - had been located. For years, the crew of the 250-foot (76-meter) Petrel has worked with the U.S. Navy and other officials around the world to find and document sunken ships. This is the first time it has looked for warships from the Battle of Midway, which took place six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and left more than 2,000 Japanese and 300 Americans dead.

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As Japanese warplanes started bombing the military installation at Midway Atoll, a tiny group of islands about 1,300 miles (2,090 kilometers) northwest of Honolulu, U.S. forces were already on their way to intercept Japan's fleet. One of the American ships lost was the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier that was heavily damaged and being towed by the U.S. on the battle's final day when it was hit by torpedoes. she wasn't going to last," said Crawford, whose later military career was with the naval nuclear propulsion program. A piece of the Japanese aircraft carrier was discovered in 1999, but its main wreckage was still missing until last week. The Petrel crew hopes to find and survey all the wreckage from the battle, an effort that could add new details about Midway to history books. Earlier this year, they discovered the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier that helped win the Battle of Midway but sank in the Battle of Santa Cruz near the Solomon Islands less than five months later. Rob Kraft, director of subsea operations on the Petrel, says the crew's mission started with Allen's desire to honor his father's military service. Deep sea explorers hoping to discover sunken World War Two ships are launching underwater robots in an area where one of the most significant battles of the time took place. The crew of US research vessel Petrel is scouring the Pacific for warships from the famed Battle of Midway, which is considered by historians to be an essential US victory and a key turning point in WWII. Weeks of searches around the northwestern Hawaiian Islands - roughly halfway between the US and Japan - have already unearthed one sunken warship, the Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga. The Petrel first used sonar technology to locate the ship, then sent underwater robots to investigate and film. More than 2,000 Japanese soldiers and 300 Americans were killed in the battle, which took place six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour. The Petrel crew will be investigating the possible discovery of another ship from the fight this week. But when you see these wrecks on the bottom of the ocean and everything, you kind of get a feel for what the real price is for war," said historian Frank Thompson, who is onboard the Petrel.