Wreckage of Sank WWII Japanese ship 'Musashi' found in PH

The wreckage of the historic war icon, the Japanese WWII ship "Musashi" was found by explorer Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, he posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

Musashi Battleship
The Musashi (Photo: padresteve.com)
The Musashi was regarded as the Japanese Navy’s biggest warship. It measured 263 meters with a displacement of 65,000 tons. It has been lying at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines for about 70 years. The US forces sank the war vessel during World War II.

Musashi was found one kilometer (1.6 miles) deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

"WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND > 1K M deep by MY Octopus Sibuyan sea, bow Chrysanthemum, huge anchor."

"RIP crew of Musashi, appx 1023 lost. The pic of the valve 1st confirmation of Japanese origin (clues 2 use apprec).", Allen added.

Allen also said, his team will soon post a video featuring the ship's catapult, and valve areas among many other things.

History tells that during the "Battle of Leyte Gulf", the Musashi was sank by American warplanes in the Sibuyan Sea on October 24, 1944.

Yamato Battleship
Musashi sister ship - Yamato. (Photo: en.wikipedia.org)
Yamato, Musashi's twin ship was heavily damaged in the clash. A year later, the American warships sank it while trying to escape for Okinawa.

The Philippines' navy and coast guard were not informed of the discovery, Spokespersons told AFP, as per Inquirer's report.

Sources: The Asahi Shimbun, The Japan Times, Inquirer

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