Paul Allen’s Research Ship R/V Petrel Finds Sunken USS Lexington (CV-2)

On 8 May 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy sank USS Lexington (CV-2) during the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Seventy-six years later, the wreckage was located in that Sea thanks to the efforts of billionaire Paul Allen and the crew of his research vessel R/V Petrel.

USS Lexington (CV-2/CV-16) Collection

“To pay tribute to the USS Lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor,” Allen said in a statement.

“As Americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.”  (Quote ref. from US Naval Institute [USNI] website at

Read the full USNI report on finding Lexington HERE.  You can also find a summary of Lexington’s history on Wikipedia HERE.

You can also find out why her immediate WWII replacement, USS Lexington (CV-16) was named the “Blue Ghost” on Wikipedia by clicking HERE.  (Hint:  It had to do with a shipyard workers’ request to the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox.)

(Above photo from US Navy History and Heritage Command website at—donations0/l/ua-564-19-uss-lexington–cv-2—cv-16–collection.html)

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