via Washington Post, 11 July 2023: The wreck of the USS Ommaney Bay, a World War II aircraft carrier, has been positively identified 78 years after it was sunk by a Japanese suicide plane, marking the latest discovery in a series of sunken warships from that era, providing closure and honoring the sacrifices of those who served.
On Monday, the Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard announced that the wreck of the Big O had been positively identified on the bottom — 78 years after its smoking hulk had been abandoned and purposely sunk by another American ship.
It is the latest in a series of recent discoveries, aided by technology, of sunken World War II warships.
Last year, the wreck of the destroyer USS Samuel B. Roberts was found in over 22,000 feet of water off the Philippine island of Samar.
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