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Footage released of three iconic shipwrecks from Battle of Midway

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The Ocean Exploration Trust has released stunning footage and images of three aircraft carrier shipwrecks from the intense World War Two Battle of Midway.

Deep-sea explorers on the Nautilus expedition vessel were able to use ROVs to photograph and film the Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi and Kaga, and the US carrier USS Yorktown, during lengthy surveys miles down in the Pacific Ocean.

The USS Yorktown is still in remarkably good condition
The USS Yorktown is still in remarkably good condition

“During over 43 hours at depth, we methodically circumnavigated these historic wrecks, bringing to light many features in great detail, including their armament, battle, and sinking-related damage,” explained Daniel Wagner, the chief scientist for the Ocean Exploration Trust. 

Stunning footage of the aircraft carriers lying on the seabed miles down in the Pacific

The Akagi was discovered in 2019, and the USS Yorktown was found during Robert Ballard's US Navy/National Geographic Society expedition in May 1998, but this is the first time the wrecks have been surveyed in such detail.

The aircraft carrier Kaga was originally a battleship before being converted into a carrier
The aircraft carrier Kaga was originally a battleship before being converted into a carrier

Each ROV dive down to the shipwrecks ended with ceremonies paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the Battle of Midway. 

The USS Yorktown videoed for the first time in 25 years

Photo credit: EV Nautilus / Ocean Exploration Trust / NOAA

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Mark Evans
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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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