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Treasures from the Deep — The USS Lexington gives up its Secrets

Treasures from the Deep — The USS Lexington gives up its Secrets

On March 4, 2018, billionaire Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner, made another huge nautical find: the USS Lexington, which was lost at the Battle of Coral Sea 76 years ago. The fleet aircraft carrier, the first to be sunk by opposing carrier aircraft in World War II, was found near Australia in a remarkably well-preserved condition.

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Remains of a US Navy warbird on the wreck of the USS Lexington

The expedition crew of Allen’s personal research ship R/V Petrel found the missing Lexington two miles below and about 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia.

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USS Lexington 1941

“To pay tribute to the USS Lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor,” Paul Allen said. “As Americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.”

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Wrecked Devastator and Wildcat on the USS Lexington shipwreck

Photos and video courtesy of Paul Allen.

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  1. Sad to see such a fine warship in Davey Jones Locker. I am amazed at the condition of the aircraft that are still on deck. I mourn the loss of the sailors who were lost on her. I am a sailor veteran with 3 1/2 years on the USS Saratoga.

    1. I echo your sentiments.

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