Deep-sea researchers and historians said on Sunday that they apparently found a Japanese aircraft carrier from the Second World War that sank during the Battle of Midway.
A review of the sonar data collected on Sunday revealed that either the Japanese air carrier Akagi or the Soryu rested more than 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in nearly 18,000 feet in the Pacific Ocean.
The researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with sonar to find the ship. The vehicle had been traveling overnight to collect data, and the image of a warship appeared in the first readings on Sunday morning.
The crew planned to deploy the AUV for another eight-hour mission to record high-resolution sonar images of the site to measure the vessel and confirm its identity.
GROUP COOLER PACIFIC FOR SUNKEN WWII BATTLESHIPS, LOST WAR GRAVES. Battle of Midway in June 1942.
So far only one of the seven ships that perished in the air and sea battle – five Japanese ships and two American ships – was found.
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The crew of the research ship Petrel hoped to find and survey all lost ships from the Battle of Midway in 1942, the historians during the Second World War as Considered key fight for the US in the Pacific.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.