American aircraft carriers at their peak are the queens of the high seas, outclassing even America’s nearest peer competitors. They’re the anchors of U.S. seapower, and have a commensurate price tag, costing billions of dollars to build and thousands of sailors to man. But even the proudest ships outlive their military usefulness — and sometimes […]
The USS Yorktown CV-5 was sunk at the battle of Midway in June 1942 and sits upright on the sea floor in the Pacific Ocean over three miles down. Deeper than the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean. The Yorktown was found by Robert Ballard in 1998 who wrote a book about finding the carrier.
USS Yorktown CV-5 was commissioned on 30 September 1937 She took part in the Battle of the Coral Sea, where her aircraft participated in the sinking of the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho and damaging Shōkaku. Yorktown was damaged, but returned to Pearl Harbour for repairs. At the Battle of Midway her aircraft sank Soryu and Hiryu. Yorktown was hit by 3 bombs and 2 torpedoes. While being made safe to take under tow, she was struck by two torpedoes fired by the Japanese submarine I-168
In the 1940s, not only was World War II in full effect after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but Hawaii was an American territory, not a state. Enjoy this glimpse of the past through these dynamic and historic Hawaii photos.