Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

Long-Lost Ship Found? Microsoft Co-Founder Uncovers Wreckage

TOKYO (AP) - Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, his representatives said Wednesday.

The apparent discovery of the wreckage of the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, comes as the world marks the 70th anniversary of the war's end.

Allen and the team aboard his superyacht M/Y Octopus found the ship on Sunday, more than eight years after their search began, Allen's publicity agency Edelman said in a statement.

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This picture taken on October 24, 1944 shows Japanese battleship Musashi which sank in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines after coming under blistering US air raids. Musashi is one of the three then world's largest Yamato-scale vessels -- 263 metre long -- and the last warship built by the Japanese Imperial Army. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said March 4, 2015, he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Musashi, commissioned in 1942, sank in October 1944 in the Sibuyan Sea during the battle of Leyte, losing half of its 2,400 crew members.

Allen's team found the battleship just off the Sibuyan Sea, using an autonomous underwater vehicle in its third dive after narrowing down the search area using detailed undersea topographical data and other locator devices, the statement said.

Detailed images captured by a high-definition camera mounted on the underwater probe confirmed the wreckage as that of the Musashi, it said.

Japanese experts said that they were eager to study the images to try to confirm the ship's identity.

"The Musashi is truly an engineering marvel and as an engineer at heart, I have a deep appreciation for the technology and effort that went into its construction," Allen said.

He said he's fascinated with World War II history, inspired by his father's service in the U.S. Army, and that he was "honored" to play a part in finding a key vessel in naval history and honoring the memory of those who served aboard the ship.

Allen said he respects the sunken area as a war grave and plans to work with Japan's government to make sure the site is treated respectfully in line with Japanese traditions.

An organization that supports Japanese navy veterans and conducts research on maritime defense said that if the discovery is confirmed, a memorial service could be held at the site.


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