USS IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS FOUND AF­TER 72 YEARS

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On Au­gust 19, 2017, the USS In­di­anapo­lis was lo­cated by Mi­crosoft co-founder, Paul Allen, af­ter 17 years of un­suc­cess­ful ex­pe­di­tions. She was fi­nally found at a depth of 5,500 me­tres in the North Philip­pine Sea.

The In­di­anapo­lis was a key player in World War II; just be­fore her sink­ing on July 30, 1945, she was sent on a se­cret mis­sion to de­liver com­po­nents of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima that ended the war in the Pa­cific. The mis­sion was com­pleted suc­cess­fully be­fore she was at­tacked by a Ja­panese sub­ma­rine, which brought her down in just 12 min­utes.

For over 70 years, no one could lo­cate her where­abouts till a vi­tal clue was found in 2016. Dr. Richard Hul­ver, a his­to­rian of the Naval His­tory and Her­itage Com­mand, con­firmed that the In­di­anapo­lis passed the ST-779, a tank land­ing ship, 11 hours be­fore it sank. Re­searchers used this vi­tal clue to nar­row down the wreck’s lo­ca­tion, lead­ing to the suc­cess­ful discovery by Allen’s team.

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