The USS Hornet has been found...

The wreck of the USS Hornet, a highly decorated WWII aircraft carrier has been located and photographed for the first time since she foundered and sunk in battle in 1942.

https://www.foxnews.com/science/wreck-of-wwii-aircraft-carrier-uss-hornet-discovered-in-the-south-pacific
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,183
    17,500 ft. deep. wow! I'm glad they found it. Now the families know the exact spot. :'(
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  • Polkitup2Polkitup2 Posts: 1,433
    I bet that International Harvester would start right up after they changed the oil and gas :)
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,042
    Since we couldn't scuttle it and it took 4 Japanese torpedoes to sink it later it makes one wonder why it was abandoned.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,304
    She lost power to all engines, with at least one armor penetrating bomb finding the engine room, and was a sitting duck. Enemy activity at the time made it far to risky and dangerous to recover it. The Japanese would have tracked her right to the rescue convoy and did even more damage to an already weakened Pacific Fleet.
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  • krazypolkkrazypolk Posts: 403
    edited February 12
    In 1492,
    Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,042
    She lost power to all engines, with at least one armor penetrating bomb finding the engine room, and was a sitting duck. Enemy activity at the time made it far to risky and dangerous to recover it. The Japanese would have tracked her right to the rescue convoy and did even more damage to an already weakened Pacific Fleet.

    That explains it, thanks.
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,801
    edited February 12
    That is so cool! I did not know, that the Dolittle raid during WW2 was launched off of her.

    And the pics show her to be well preserved. Wow!
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 227
    Thanks to Paul Allen, who did some great things with his money.
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    Wow! More learning going on! This guy was amazing!
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,183
    I think Paul Allen liked that phrase from Pink Floyd " Is there anybody out there? " as much as some of us do. ;)
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  • MilitoMilito Posts: 320
    Great find. The Hornet was the sister ship of the Yorktown I believe.
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  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,153
    I teach kids their age. This is sobering. May those 140 young men continue to Rest In Peace.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,304
    The Navy will send a few ships and a carrier to that position and perform a proper ceremony for the ship and her crew. The position will never be revealed to the general public. The only thing the Navy may try to recover from the ship would be her battle logs and the ship's bell.
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  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 314
    The Navy will send a few ships and a carrier to that position and perform a proper ceremony for the ship and her crew. The position will never be revealed to the general public. The only thing the Navy may try to recover from the ship would be her battle logs and the ship's bell.

    @nooshinjohn
    Is recovering the ships bell a naval tradition or does it have another meaning?
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,304
    I don’t even know they will try, but the ship’s bell would be returned to her home port and signify the end of her tour of duty. It also gives family members and shipmates a place to come to in order to pay their respects.

    The logistics of such a recovery may make the effort impossible, but now that they know where the wreck is located, a memorial of some kind will take place, publicly or in private. The Hornet is simply too important a vessel in naval history to be allowed to go unrecognized.
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  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 314
    /\/\/\Makes sense to give the family members a point of remembrance and something physical for mourning.

    "The Hornet is simply too important a vessel in naval history to be allowed to go unrecognized."

    Agreed!!
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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,459
    Very cool. I remember visiting the USS Alabama and being blown away by its size. The Hornet must have been immense.
  • corticocortico Posts: 476
    edited February 13
    It's amazing how well preserved it is! Looks at the tires and hydraulic hoses and minimal rust!
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  • MilitoMilito Posts: 320
    Can you imagine how cold the water is at that depth?
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,304
    Can you imagine the PSI at that depth. :o
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,354
    Wow, very cool..thanks for sharing.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,703
    edited February 13
    Thank you for sharing this.

    The USS Hornet CV8 was the last fleet Aircraft Carrier we lost during the war. 1942 was not a good year for the Navy, Lost Lexington, Yorktown, Wasp and Hornet that year. All the cruisers at the bottom of iron bottom sound, not a good year.

    If there was a way to save her they would have. With her sinking that left only the Enterprise and Saratoga in the Pacific, Enterprise was beat up is the same battle.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hornet_(CV-8)
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