Wartime naval legend HMS Exeter found off Java
By Jasper Copping
Last Updated: 1:21AM BST 18/05/2008
The wreck of one of the Second World War's most famous warships has been found by deep sea explorers, 66 years after it was lost in battle.
The cruiser HMS Exeter, best known for its valiant role in the Battle of the River Plate when it hunted down the pride of the German navy, the Admiral Graf Spee, was located by divers searching the Java Sea.
The British vessel was sunk on March 1, 1942, when, with two escorts, the destroyer HMS Encounter and the American destroyer Pope, it was intercepted by nine Japanese warships.
All three Allied ships were lost in the action. The wreck of Encounter, which had passed up a chance to escape by turning back in a brave but futile attempt to protect Exeter, has also now been located.
The two warships were found in Indonesian waters, at a depth of about 200ft, 90 miles north of Bawean Island, and 60 miles from the sinking position given by Exeter's captain, Oliver Gordon, in a book written after the war.
Exeter's discovery follows a six-year search and means the last of the Second World War's most celebrated warships sunk in the conflict has now been located.
Examinations of the wreck have provided historians with vital new insights into the ship's final battle, one of the war's least known naval encounters. ...
full story - Sunday Telegraph
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