- The Ocean Exploration Trust recently surveyed three iconic World War II shipwrecks from the Battle of Midway
- The team captured detailed images of the Japanese Imperial Navy’s Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu
- The images provide a unique glimpse into the Battle of Midway and the damage inflicted on the ships
Explorers have captured detailed images of three iconic World War II shipwrecks from the Battle of Midway, including the first up-close photos of a Japanese aircraft carrier since it sank during the historic battle in 1942.
The Ocean Exploration Trust, a nonprofit group dedicated to seafloor exploration, recently surveyed the three shipwrecks aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus. Chief scientist Daniel Wagner said the team “methodically circumnavigated these historic wrecks, bringing to light many features in great detail, including armament, battle and sinking-related damage.”
The team spent 14 hours surveying the Japanese Imperial Navy’s Akagi, the first time anyone has seen the vessel since it sank during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The group also surveyed two other aircraft carriers, the Kaga and the Soryu.
The images captured by the team provide a unique glimpse into the Battle of Midway, which was a major turning point in World War II. The images show the damage inflicted on the ships, including the 127 mm twin anti-aircraft gun mounted below the flight deck of the Akagi.
The Ocean Exploration Trust said the survey of the three shipwrecks is part of its ongoing mission to explore the ocean and uncover its secrets. The group plans to continue its exploration of the seafloor in the coming months.