On October 25, 1944, to the east of the Island of Samar, in the Philippine Sea, the last great naval combat in history took place.
In that battle, 13 ships and about 400 aircraft of the United States Navy faced 23 ships and 30 aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The battle was brutal, and although the US fleet was victorious, it suffered heavy losses, including two escort carriers, two destroyers, and one destroyer escort. This last ship was the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), whose story you could read and see here in an excellent video on Yarnhub.
As I told you then, that ship had an ephemeral history: not even a year passed from her launch on December 6, 1943 until her sinking on October 25, 1944. With it 90 of her crew sank. The location of her wreck was a mystery for 76 years. On June 25, 2022, Victor Vescovo and the company Caladan Oceanic found the ship at a depth of 6,895 meters, making it the deepest ship located in the world. You can see here the video of Caladan Oceanic in which he recounts this discovery:
You can see below some captures of the video. The following image shows one of the destroyer's 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns.
Here we see one of the ship's two 127mm guns (on the right), and on the left one of the two 40mm Bofors L/60 anti-aircraft gun mounts that this destroyer had.
An image of the bow on the port side. On the left you can make out the port anchor.
An image of the bow on the starboard side. In the center of the image is the starboard anchor.
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