Amazing Story Behind the WW2 Warship ‘Lady Lex’ Discovery – 4 Facts You’ve Never Heard (VIDEO)

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his team of explorers discovered a US aircraft carrier sunk by the Japanese during World War II.

Keep on reading to know more.

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The wreck of the USS Lexington, an American warship sunk in a Pacific naval battle during the Second World War, has been found by a team working for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The had been lying at the seabed 500 miles off the Australian coast for 76 years and was discovered on March 4.

USS-Lexington-photo

Source: Wikipedia

Early days

USS Lexington (CV-2), nicknamed “Lady Lex” originally designed as a battlecruiser but soon became an early aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy. It joined the fleet in 1928, the fourth U.S. Navy to be named after the Battle of Lexington in the American Revolutionary War.

The Lexington was at sea when the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, drawing the United States into the Second World War.

During the attack on Pearl Harbor, the provided support to the US Marine Corps units that held Midway Island and therefore avoided a catastrophe.

Later Lexington was sent to the Coral Sea the following month to block any Japanese advances into the area.

Lexington-photo

Source: Wikipedia

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Coral Sea battle

Inn May 1942, the Lexington and USS Yorktown carrier battled a Japanese carrier fleet threatening New Guinea and Australia.

It was the first naval battle in history fought with the opposing ships never seeing each other. Historians consider the battle a draw, with both sides suffering losses, but it did blunt a Japanese advance.

More than 200 crew, of a total of nearly 3,000 aboard, died in the battle and the badly damaged Lexington was abandoned and scuttled on May 8.

USS-Lexington-ship-photo

Source: Paul Allen / Getty Images

Allen’s expedition

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen together with his expedition team used a research , the Petrel, acquired by the billionaire in 2016 to explore and survey historic warships and artifacts.

“It’s thousands of meters deep and it’s very unpredictable,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations. “We’re putting a lot of electronics and high voltage down to very deep waters and sea water, where it shouldn’t belong.”

As a result, the was found on March 4 at the bottom of the Coral Sea at a depth of 3,000 meters (1.86 miles).

Paul Allen’s team helped to find other sunken ships before and actively participates in many ocean explorations.

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Amazing Story Behind the WW2 Warship 'Lady Lex' Discovery - 4 Facts You've Never Heard (VIDEO)
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