Thursday, June 12, 2014

U.S. Navy to Explore Wreck of the USS Houston (CA-30)

From Yahoo! News and June 10, 2014, Live Science "U.S. Navy Dive Will Explore World War II-Era Shipwreck" by Tanya Lewis.

In partnership with the Indonesian Navy, the U.S. Navy and seven other countries will be a mission to assess the USS Houston's condition, allow salvage and train divers.  They will be aboard the USNS Safeguard (T-ARS-50).

The USS Houston was sunk during the Battle of Sunda Strait on February 28, 1942, early in the war when the United Staes was losing badly in the Pacific.  The ship, a Northapmton-class heavy cruiser, was 570 feet-long, weighed 9.050 tons and had been commissioned in 1930.  It was the flagship of the American Asiatic fleet.  More than 700 crewmembers died when she went down.

Under international law, the Houston remains property of the United States.  The ship, however, is a popular dive site off the coast ofJava, Indonesia.    The wreck will be searched for signs of illegal salvage.

More than 17,000 U.S. Navy sunken ships and aircraft exist in nthe world.These wrecks often are war graves.


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