MANILA, Philippines ( Associated Press) – A US Navy destroyer involving an improved Japanese fleet in the biggest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck ever discovered, according to searchers.
The USS Samuel B. Roberts, known as “Sammy B”, was torn into two pieces on Wednesday on a slope at a depth of 6,985 meters (22,916 ft).
It is 426 meters (1,400 ft) deeper than the USS Johnston, the previous deepest wreck ever discovered in the Philippine Sea last year by American explorer Victor Vescovo, founder of the Dallas-based Caledon Oceanic Expedition. They announced the latest discovery in conjunction with UK-based EYOS Expeditions.
“It was an extraordinary honor to explore this incredibly famous ship, and in doing so has given those involved the opportunity to retell the story of their heroism and duty that is not about the sacrifice of the ship and its crew.” Know,” Vescovo, a former naval commander, said in a statement.
Sammy Bee took part in the Summer of Summer, the final stage of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944, in which the Imperial Japanese Navy suffered the largest loss of ships and failed to dislodge US forces from Leyte, which they invaded. First as part of the liberation of the Philippines.
According to some records, the destroyer disabled a Japanese heavy cruiser with one torpedo and significantly damaged the other. Having spent almost all of her ammunition, she seriously collided with the flagship battleship Yamato and sank. Of a 224-man crew, 89 died and 120 survived, including the captain, lieutenant commander. Robert W. Copeland.
A retired admiral and naval historian Samuel J. According to Cox, Copeland said that there was “no higher honor” to lead those who showed such incredible courage in battles against overwhelming odds that could not be expected to escape.
“This site is a holy war grave, and serves to remind all Americans of the great price borne by past generations, which we take for the freedom we have today,” Cox said in a statement.
Searchers said that until the discovery, historical records of where the wreck was lying were not very accurate. EYOS said the discovery involved the use of the deepest side-scan sonar ever installed and operated on a submarine, beyond the standard commercial limits of 6,000 meters (19,685 ft).