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USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Found 2 Miles Down In Coral Sea.

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  1. mawnansmiff

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    Eleven aircraft found on board, the whole being in remarkable condition considering how long she has been there......I believe I can see the rifling still in one of the gun barrels!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43296489

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    That's remarkable!

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    The USS Lexington (CV-2), a converted battle cruiser, was one of three aircraft carriers assigned to the Pacific Fleet. It survived the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor because two days earlier it had departed there as a part of Task Force 12 to ferry dive bomber aircraft to Midway Island. On May 8, 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea the ship sustained fatal damage and was deliberately scuttled by torpedoes from a U.S. destroyer.

    The two other aircraft carriers assigned to the Pacific Fleet were the USS Enterprise (CV-6) which was at sea at the time of the attack, having just completed delivery of a Marine Fighter Squadron to Wake Island; at that same time the USS Saratoga (CV-3) was just entering the harbor at San Diego, California to pick up her air group which had been training while the ship was being refitted at the Bremerton Navy Yard.

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    remarkable is an understatement - look at this plane! Doesn't look like its been there for 70+ years at all.

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  5. midwestpipesmoker70

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    Those are some incredible images. I agree, doesn't look over 70 years old.

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    I think the key to the great condition is that at 11,000 feet, there is no growth...and cold water....

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    Pretty astounding!

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    I'm glad it was scuttled and not sunk outright, and I hope there aren't many or any entombed. Amazing that there is that much of an airplane left.

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    I'm glad it was scuttled and not sunk outright, and I hope there aren't many or any entombed...

    According to the Report of the Executive Officer (Comdr. M.T. Seligman, and dated May 14, 1942), "All records having been destroyed, and at this writing the exact number of losses can only be estimated, but it is believed that the total will not be more than twenty five officers and one hundred ninety men."

    God bless them all.

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    An amazing find.

    God rest all the souls of the men who still call her home.

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    I believe I can see the rifling still in one of the gun barrels!

    According to the Wikipedia citation for the USS Lexington, CV-2, "When the ship was sunk in May 1942, her armament consisted of 12 five-inch, 12 quadruple 1.1-inch, 22 Oerlikons and at least two dozen .50-caliber machine guns."

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    Huntertrw you clearly know your US Navy ships, I presume you are an ex serviceman?

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    Huntertrw you clearly know your US Navy ships, I presume you are an ex serviceman?

    No, Sir, just an ardent fan of the United States Navy and its history.

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    Footage of it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3s_RPLnnmw

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    So I am guessing this is not the same uss Lexington anchored in corpus Christi Texas?

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    Well found Javan

    "So I am guessing this is not the same uss Lexington anchored in corpus Christi Texas?"

    Erm, no Madox, likely not

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    USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), nicknamed "The Blue Ghost", is an Essex-class aircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy. Originally intended to be named Cabot, word arrived during construction that USS Lexington (CV-2) had been lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea. The new aircraft carrier was renamed while under construction to commemorate the earlier ship;[4] the previous Lexington was later found in March 2018. [5] She was the fifth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name in honor of the Revolutionary War battle of Lexington

    So it seems that there were two of them, mystery solved.. did not know that.

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    How long before it goes up for auction on eBay?

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    Madox, CVT-16, now in Corpus Christi, enjoyed a long post-war career as a training carrier. For many of a generation of naval aviators, the first carrier on which they ever landed.

    Fun bit of trivia: I "enjoyed" my one and only landing on an aircraft carrier onto the storied flight deck of CVT-16 in the back of a Gruman C-2.

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    jvnshr, thank you for the video.

    Some archival footage of the CV-2's last minutes afloat.

    [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GPKwdWVrJ4][/url]

    Posted 1 year ago #

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