TIL about the the US Navy ship USS Johnston. At 4 miles (21,180 feet) down, it is the world’s deepest shipwreck to ever be surveyed. Due to lack of oxygen at that depth it is in almost pristine condition.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56608713

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  1. >The relatively small USS Johnston was heavily outnumbered by the Japanese fleet, which included Japan’s largest battleship, but was awarded for its courage under heavy fire.

    The most understated of understatements. I won’t copy/paste the [whole engagement](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_off_Samar#USS_Johnston), but Johnston, Sam Roberts, Hoel and the others were absolutely batshit insane/brave/desperate. Caught completely by surprise Taffy 3 had 3 destroyers and 4 destroyer escorts, defending supporting the 6 escort carriers that were covering the Leyte Gulf landings in the Phillipines.

    3 Destroyers, 4 smaller-than-destroyer escorts. and 400 aircraft (a good number of which didn’t have ammo, just went up to draw AA fire from those that did) Vs. 4 battleships, 6 heavy cruisers, 11 light cruisers and 11 destroyers. And they _won_.

    In essence, it was like a posse of furious radar-equipped squirrels charging two dozen grizzly bears and getting the bears to run _away_.

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