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The remains of a World War II aircraft carrier, unseen for 75 years, have been found



Word of sighting comes a month after the Research Petrel Vessel, funded by late Microsoft founder Paul Allen, discovered another WWII-era shipwreck, the USS Hornet, which sank not far away, off the Solomon Islands. The Petrel in recent years has discovered a dozen wrecks of ships that once flew the flags of the American, British, Japanese, and Italian navies.

The Petrel, which sits on the surface, has a crew of 10, who plot the last

Inside the US Navy's policy of leaving its shipwrecks untouched – as they are sailors' hallowed graves – the Willp's hull will remain in the hazy depths .

For nearly a century and a half, the British had controlled the small island of Malta just south of Italy, using its harbor to shelter warships and to project British power throughout the Mediterranean

During World War II, German and Italian aircraft dominated the skies and pummeled the island. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was determined to save the precious fortress
 The bridge of the USS Wasp has been on the ocean floor for over seven decades

In April 1942, the USS Wasp arrived to supply a badly needed contingent of dozens of warplanes to the beleaguered Allied forces at Malta, Navy account.

Determined, Churchill asked US President Franklin D. Roosevelt if the Wasp could deliver another good sting; Roosevelt acceded. So, the Wasp set off with another British ship and dozens more fighter planes, arriving in early May back at Malta.

Wrote Churchill: "Who said a wasp could not sting twice?"

She sank in the Coral Sea

Still, the Wasp's life would be short

After the Battle of Midway, the US needed more help in the Pacific Theater, as Allied forces fought to break out Japanese forces, island by island. The Wasp was ordered to escort and a contingent of transport ships carrying Marine reinforcements to fight in Guadalcanal

On September 15, 1942, a Japanese submarine fired a barrage of torpedoes. Two hit other ships, USS O'Brien and USS North Carolina. A few others found their mark in the Wasp's hull, igniting a massive fire onboard.

Among the more than 2,000 men in her crew, 176 were killed in the attack
 The USS Wasp tilts heavily after a Japanese

Her crew's resolve lives on

The USS Wasp tilts hard after a Japanese torpedo strike set the hull ablaze. ]

"Wasp represented the US Navy at the lowest point after the start of WWII," retired Rear Admiral Samuel Cox, who heads the US Naval History and Heritage Command, said in a statement. "Her pilots and her aircrew, with their courage and sacrifice, were those who held the line against the Japanese when the Japanese had superior fighter aircraft, superior torpedo planes and better torpedoes."

In keeping with a Navy tradition, USS Wasp's spirit lives on its modern name, which now supports naval operations in the Indo-Pacific region.

"We hope this discovery gives survivors and their families some degree of closure," Capt. Colby Howard, who commands the new USS Wasp, said in a statement


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