Philippines: American warship seen at a depth of 7,000 meters

Status: 26.06.2022 01:26

The wreck of the USS Samuel B Roberts was discovered in the Philippines. It’s the deepest wreck ever found. The American ship was sunk in October 1944. 89 crew members died.

At a depth of almost 7,000 meters, scientists discovered the wreck of an American warship, which sank off the coast of the Philippines during World War II. The “USS Samuel B Roberts” wreck is the deepest wreck ever found, according to the American company Caladan Oceanic. For comparison: The wreck of the “Titanic” lies at a depth of about 4000 meters.

A US Navy destroyer sank on October 5, 1944 in a naval battle with the Japanese Navy off the Philippine island of Samar. The Philippines was then an American colony, and the US Navy was fighting the Japanese occupiers.

“USS Samuel B Roberts” wreckage torpedoes.

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Visible torpedo launcher and mount

The battered hull of the ship, also known as “Sammy B”, was now filmed, photographed and examined by a submarine with a crew during several dives, according to the Texas company. Among other things, you can see a torpedo boat and a ship’s mount.

“At a depth of 6895 meters, it is now the deepest shipwreck ever found and explored,” Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, who piloted the submarine, wrote on Twitter. “This small ship took the best of the Japanese navy and fought them to the end.”

Days of battle in a naval battle

The Battle of Samar was part of a larger naval battle at Leyte, in which the Japanese navy fought the US Navy for several days to repel the Allied invasion of the Philippines. Sammy B was one of four American ships sunk on October 25, 1944. 89 of the 224 crew members died.

So far, the “USS Johnston”, lying at a depth of almost 6,500 meters, has been considered the deepest wreck ever found in the world. The Vescovo team also achieved this in 2021. The research team also recently searched for the wreck of the “USS Gambier Bay”, which is suspected of a depth of more than 7,000 meters, but in vain.

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