Friday, March 06, 2015

Fullbore Friday

Regardless of nationality, the naval professional is usually attracted to two things - strong and beautiful ships, and tragedy.

The news this week was full of the discovery of the center of that venn diagram;
The World War II-era Japanese battleship Musashi was sunk by U.S. warplanes on Oct. 24, 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the war's largest naval battles. Despite numerous eyewitness accounts at the time, the location of the wreckage was never known. Until now.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, whose father served in World War II, says his research team discovered the Musashi's wreckage on March 1 in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines. Allen's team used "historical records from four different countries, detailed topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, M/Y Octopus," a statement said.

For context, from Part II of the exceptional, Battle of Leyte Gulf - go to the 19:00 point.

Fair warning, you may lose most of your morning's productivity.

You can get Part I, here.

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