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    USS Lexington found in the coral sea.

    You have probably seen the news item that the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV2) was found by Paul Allen's underwater archeology outfit under two mile of ocean in the coral sea. Further research said the Lexington is mostly intact 500 miles off the Australian coast.

    I found the picture of the Wildcat interesting with the VF3 insignia, Felix the cat, with four confirmed kills. I wonder who's fighter it was?

    If they get up to the Solomon's area, they could look for Hornet and Wasp too
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    I saw that on the news last night. They showed some pictures of the TBFs that had been sitting on the flight deck. Those were one of the planes my dad flew during the war. Sad piece of history, but an exciting find!
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    This is an interesting story. The pictures I saw on TV were really clear. I wonder what happens next.
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    Can someone post a link perhaps? Sounds like a great piece of history!
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    The wreck is in amazing condition, but at 2 miles deep they won't have to worry about too many visitors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 52-fan View Post
    The wreck is in amazing condition, but at 2 miles deep they won't have to worry about too many visitors.
    That's what the folks that originally found the Titanic thought. Robert Ballard has since said on several occasions that he wished he'd never published the location as others have been all over the wreckage. I'm not sure I agree as a lot of the wreckage has appeared for others to see.

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    Thanks for this amazing post for us history buffs. It's a true piece of history.
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    Well then, this just goes to show you that history does like to manifest itself in mysterious ways. I do hope that the area doesn't get salvaged beyond recognition.
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    At 2 miles down I don't think there are too many salvagers who would have the equipment to reach the wreck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander Eddie View Post
    At 2 miles down I don't think there are too many salvagers who would have the equipment to reach the wreck.
    And if they try-- the NAVY will be there to change their mind...
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    If I am correct, the U.S. government classifies ALL sunken U.S.Navy ships as burial grounds and they belong to the government. Any disturbance of them is against the law, no matter where they lay. Bill

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    As much as I agree about the naval ships being burial grounds, I'll bet lying in International waters or other countries territorial waters would make any interference with diving on the wreck difficult. Think Glomar Explorer/K-129 as an example.

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    Several British and Australian ships sunk early in WWII have been ravaged by salvagers in only a few years time...maybe (not sure) the USS Houston as well from the Battle of the Java Sea. They're in much shallower water but International Law means little to crooks. You have to be there to stop them and the salvagers certainly won't be around when naval ships happen to be patrolling.
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