The ship was found near the Farallon Islands in California after being underwater for more than 60 years, more exactly since 1951.
The aircraft carrier is called the USS Independence CVL-22 and officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the ship was in an amazing condition.
According to the sonar images of the ship, there is even an airplane sitting in the aircraft carrier’s hangar bay.
James Delgado, a maritime heritage director at NOOA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, said that after more than 60 years of lying on the ocean floor the Independence aircraft carrier still looks like it’s about to launch the planes.
Delgado said that the aircraft carrier helped fight a very long and hard war in the Pacific, being attacked by two atomic blasts that sank it.
The USS Independence CVL-22 ship was used in the Pacific from the year 1943 until 1945. According to the researchers, the ship became one of the 90 aircraft carriers to be part in the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb testing.
After being attacked by radiation and intense heat, the US Navy took the ship to San Francisco for decontamination studies. In 1951, the ship was taken out to sea for scuttling.
However, last month, a team of researchers from Boeing and NOOA investigated a site approximately 30 miles off the Northern California coast after receiving indications that the ship might be located in that area at the bottom of the ocean.
It turned out that the ship was indeed located there, almost 2,600 ft below the surface of the ocean in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary near San Francisco.
The researchers used an 18.5 foot long autonomous underwater equipment named Echo Ranger that they used to create a 3D sonar map of the aircraft carrier, which was found sitting in an upright position on the bottom of the ocean.
The researchers were surprised to see that the ship was in an almost intact condition after decades of being underwater.
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