US shipwreck identified in the Java Sea

USS Houston. Source: US Navy, via BBC 20140819

The US navy confirms the identity of the USS Houston at the bottom of the Java Sea, sunk during World War II.

USS Houston. Source: US Navy, via BBC 20140819
USS Houston. Source: US Navy, via BBC 20140819

US Navy: USS Houston wreck found in Java Sea
BBC News, 19 August 2014

The US Navy has confirmed a wreck found on the bottom of the Java Sea is the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese in World War Two.

The wreck is the final resting place of as many as 700 US sailors and marines, the Navy said.

US and Indonesian divers discovered evidence that pieces of the hull and unexploded ordnance had been removed.

The site is a popular underwater dive spot, and officials are co-ordinating its conservation.

“In my discussions with our Indonesian navy partners, they share our sense of obligation to protect this and other gravesites,” Adm Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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