The US military submerged the remotely controlled vehicle to a record depth in the history of shipwreck research, capturing the photo and video of the wreckage of the USS Johnston. It sank after a battle during World War II and now lies at a depth of almost 6.5 km, writes caladanoceanic.com.
For the first time its fragments were discovered in 2019. In the spring of 2021, the probe was lowered to a depth of 6456 m: the process took eight hours.
The footage shows the bow of the ship with the number “557”, the bridge, gun turrets, torpedo racks, the middle part of the USS Johnston. No human remains or clothing were seen. Nothing was taken from the crash site.
The researchers write that they observed the extent of the damage done in the battle. The ship, which operated as part of the 774th Operational Tactical Group of aircraft carriers, was hit by guns at that time “the largest warship in the world – the battleship of the Imperial Navy Yamato, but the destroyer fiercely resisted.”
One year before death (click to enlarge):