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Heavy Cruiser Sunk During World War II

The Heavy Cruiser USS Houston Wreckage Confirmed
The United States Navy, working with Indonesian Navy divers, has confirmed the final resting place of the heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), which was sunk early in World War II.

The Northampton-class cruiser, which was armed with nine eight-inch guns, eight five-inch guns, and a number of lighter weapons, was sunk during the Battle of the Sunda Strait, which took place in the late night hours of 28 February, 1942, and continued through the early morning hours of 1 March, 1942. The ship’s wreck is the final resting place of 693 sailors and Marines. 281 survived.

According to media reports, the wreck of the Houston has suffered from looting. The wreck remains the property of the United States Navy, and is one of 17,000 wrecks of ships and aircraft believed to be on the ocean floor.