Deep sea explorers aboard Research Vessel Petrel have found two Japanese aircraft carriers that were sunk in battle int he Battle of Midway during World War Two.
This month's discoveries came after weeks of searching by crew members based on the research vessel Petrel. The vessel is owned by Vulcan Inc, a company created by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
One ship, the Kaga, was discovered last week, while wreckage from another carrier, Akagi, was found on Sunday, Vulcan Inc. said in a press release.
The carriers were among seven ships that went down in the Battle of Midway, a major air and sea battle fought between the US and Japan in 1942 that killed 3,057 Japanese and 307 Americans. Along with Kaga, three other Japanese fleet carriers – Akagi, Sōryū and Hiryū – were sunk during the battle. The Battle of Midway took place six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. After the attack, the Imperial Japanese Navy planned to invade and capture Midway Island by luring American aircraft carriers into an ambush.