Underwater expedition finds sunken warship This image provided by Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live, shows the canopy of a Grumman Hellcat fighter aircraft seen in an aircraft elevator hatch on the sunken wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Independence, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, located half a mile under the sea in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast near San Francisco, Calif. (Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live via AP)
Underwater expedition finds sunken warship
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An underwater expedition along the California coast has revealed for the first time a sunken World War II-era aircraft carrier. It once was used in atomic tests in the Pacific.
 
The expedition was led by famed oceanographer Robert Ballard. It captured the wreckage of the USS Independence. The ship was located half a mile under the sea in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off California.
 
Scientists aboard the ocean research ship Nautilus lowered two unmanned submersibles to the ocean floor. They also found a Hellcat fighter plane, anti-aircraft guns, hatches and the ship's name on the hull.
 
"What's so wonderful about the wrecks in deeper water, like this ship . . . is that they are in amazing states of preservation," Ballard said. "There's very little change."  The Navy was scuttled the Independence in 1951.
 
"The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth," Ballard added.
 
Samples of marine life growing on the ship will be brought onboard the Nautilus. They will be tested for possible radioactivity. It would be remaining from the bomb tests. The samples also will be analyzed for the effects of climate change.
 
Scientists plan to explore the wreckage of a historic steam yacht from 1886 and the freighter Dorothy Windermote. The exploration is part of the four-month expedition.
 
Earlier in August, the Nautilus team discovered a "googly eyed" stubby squid while combing the sea floor off the California coast. Video of the researchers delighting in the discovery became an Internet sensation. To watch round-the-clock video of the expedition, visit www.nautiluslive.org.

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COMMENTS (73)
  • elliota-orv
    8/31/2016 - 01:01 p.m.

    Because aircraft carriers usually carry aircraft, even if the aircraft carrier is sinking. It probably helped with measuring the damage an explosive can do to a massive ship.

  • olivial-orv
    9/02/2016 - 08:04 p.m.

    This article is really cool, but I don't know why the plane was found with the ship. Maybe it's because they were both shot down at the same time, or maybe it's because the ship was carrying the plane.

  • kanthony-dav
    9/07/2016 - 06:31 p.m.

    In response to "Under water expedition finds sunken war ship," I agree that this discovery is breath taking. One reason I agree is that finding any artifact from World War 2 is very rare, and they did. Another reason I agree is that they find this out of the blue and it appears to be a very valuable item. It says in the article that scientist plan to explore this wreckage so they might find even more artifacts. A third reason is this breath taking discovery will motivate people to try to find artifacts to. Even though people may think this happens all the time, I think this is still a very cool discovery.

  • kenziel-sto
    9/08/2016 - 09:42 a.m.

    I think the plane was found with the ship, because they probably both shot at each other and fell in the same spot in the ocean.

  • kasonk12-
    9/08/2016 - 11:10 a.m.

    I think that was awesome

  • hayleel-ste
    9/08/2016 - 01:33 p.m.

    They found a warship underwater, that's pretty cool. I have always wanted to go underwater deep sea diving that would be a pretty awesome object to find in the sea just roaming along looking around. That would be a trip to remember, then I could have the pleasure to say I found this and that.

  • nathanm14-ste
    9/09/2016 - 01:34 p.m.

    It is pretty interesting that we can find things like this today. To think that the best way to preserve a ship for 70 years was for it to be sunk, 70 years ago. The one thing i wonder about is how exactly the ship was sunk. Were the nuclear tests that were preformed cause to the sinking, as an intentional test. Or were there lives lost? If there were i feel that it would have been adressed. Just a little bit more detail would be nice, but still very cool.

  • tiffanyh-ste
    9/12/2016 - 12:04 p.m.

    This article is really cool. Now that explorers found this they will explore more of the Pacific oceans and find other exciting things.

  • paulinel-pav
    9/13/2016 - 10:09 a.m.

    omg this article is so cool. Its so amazing how we found this war ship, and I love old war ships and planes, and reading this made me learn a lot from them.

  • chadm-orv
    9/13/2016 - 11:39 a.m.

    because it was aircraft there would of probably would of been a aircraft aboard.

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