A US Navy battleship sunk during World War II with a renowned hero captain at the helm has finally been reached in the world’s deepest shipwreck dive, an exploration team says.
Eerie footage posted to Twitter shows the USS Johnston in its watery grave — where it was sent Oct. 25, 1944, during a firefight with several Japanese ships off the coast of Samar Island in the Philippines.
“Just completed the deepest wreck dive in history, to find the main wreckage of the destroyer USS Johnston,” wrote Victor Vescovo, head of the Texas-based underwater technology company Caladan Oceanic, on Sunday.
“As a former Navy officer, and the first people to lay eyes on her since she went down in 1944 – it was an extremely intense experience,” Vescovo said.
“We located the front 2/3 of the ship, upright and intact, at a depth of 6456 meters. Three of us across two dives surveyed the vessel and gave respects to