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The USS Lexington was one of the first aircraft carriers built by the United States Navy. As the United States entered WWII the need for aircraft carriers in combat was necessary but ultimately this mighty ship met its end. The carrier was lost for 76 years but now after a lengthy expedition the carrier finally been located.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has a deep passion for the history of WWII and had spearheaded many expeditions to find lost relics of the war. These expeditions have let to the discovery of the USS Indianapolis, Battleship Musashi and an assortment of other lost naval vessels. Now the USS Lexington has been discovered off the coast of Australia 76 years after it was lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
“Lexington was on our priority list because she was one of the capital ships that was lost during WWII.”
– Robert Kraft
The loss of the USS Lexington was a sad moment when its crew perished, but its sacrifice was not in vain as the US Navy gained a crucial victory over Japan in the Battle of the Coral Sea. This video captures the first images the USS Lexington two miles beneath the ocean’s surface.