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World’s deepest shipwreck FOUND: WWII US Navy ship discovered more than 22,600ft below surface

More than 22,600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean lies a World War II US Navy destroyer that has been named the world’s deepest wreck.

The escort destroyer USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), known as Sammy B, was located Wednesday in the Philippine Sea.

The ship sank during the Battle of Samar in the Philippine Sea in October 1944 after being hit by Japanese fire.

The Sammy B, however, was discovered not by scientists, but by Texas billionaire Victor Vescovo, who owns a deep-diving submersible.

On October 15, the Japanese gave a final Mary salute to engage Allied naval forces off the Philippines, which were en route west and away from the enemy line of fire.

The Sammy B, however, was one of the last remaining American ships and is known for its heroic stand against the Japanese, according to the BBC.

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More than 22,600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean lies a World War II US Navy destroyer that has been named the world’s deepest wreck

The ship was outnumbered by the Japanese fleet, but held out until shells punctured her walls and she began to sink.

There were 224 men aboard the Sammy, but 89 were killed when it sank and the rest floated in life rafts for 50 hours before being rescued.

Vescovo shared a video on his Twitter account showing Sammy B lying on the seabed.

“It appears her bow touched the seabed with some force causing it to buckle,” he shared in a tweet.

The USS Destroyer Escort Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), known as Sammy B, was located in the Philippine Sea on Wednesday

The USS Destroyer Escort Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), known as Sammy B, was located in the Philippine Sea on Wednesday

The ship was outnumbered by the Japanese fleet, but held out until shells punctured her walls and she began to sink.  Pictured is the Sammy B before it sank

The ship was outnumbered by the Japanese fleet, but held out until shells punctured her walls and she began to sink. Pictured is the Sammy B before it sank

“Her stern also separated about 5 meters on impact, but all the wreckage was together.”

“This little ship has faced the best of the Japanese Navy, fighting them to the bitter end.”

Vescovo, the founding exploration company Caladan Oceanic, completed six dives before finding the Sammy B.

He and his team found the sunken ship by first spotting the wreckage, which was a three-torpedo launcher that was unique only to the Sammy B.

The Sammy B, however, was discovered not by scientists, but by Texas billionaire Victor Vescovo, who owns a deep-diving submersible.

The Sammy B, however, was discovered not by scientists, but by Texas billionaire Victor Vescovo, who owns a deep-diving submersible.

Vescovo, the founding Caladan Oceanic exploration company, completed six dives before finding the Sammy B

Vescovo, the founding Caladan Oceanic exploration company, completed six dives before finding the Sammy B

“The Sammy B is a small ship like military ships, and we weren’t really sure if we could find it in the vast and extremely deep ocean where it sank,” Vescovo told CNN.

“But with persistence, great historical analysis, and a lot of deep ocean technology and hard work, we were able to find her and provide a great opportunity to tell her amazing story.”

The Sammy was the first ship named after coxswain Samuel Booker Roberts Jr, who enlisted in the Navy in 1939 and fought in World War II.

Roberts volunteered to help land several hundred Marines a few miles north of Lunga Point, where the United States had hoped to take control of a Japanese strongpoint.

He and his team found the sunken ship by first spotting debris, which was a three-torpedo launcher that was unique only to the Sammy B.

The Sammy was the first ship named after coxswain Samuel Booker Roberts Jr, who enlisted in the Navy in 1939 and fought in World War II.

He and his team found the sunken ship by first scouting for debris, which was a three-torpedo launcher that was unique only to the Sammy B, which was named after helmsman Samuel Booker Roberts Jr (at right), who enlisted in the Navy in 1939 and fought in World War II

The Marines piled into a dozen wooden boats and headed for a beach near the Matanikau River, but were forced to flee a few days later when they encountered resistance.

Roberts, however, was hit in the neck by a Japanese machine gun bullet and died that night.

Roberts received the Navy Cross, but the highest honor was having three Navy ships named after him: DE 413; DD 823, a destroyer that took part in the first airstrikes of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier; and USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), the frigate that struck a mine during Operation Earnest Will in 1988.