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Vanishing Warships

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The wreck of the Royal Navy's heavy cruiser HMS Exeter was rediscovered by leisure divers in 2002. The ship had been a casualty of Japanese action during the bitter battle of the Java Sea in 1942. It lay at 195 feet deep (60m) south of Borneo, in Indonesian waters.

However, a survey carried out ahead of the 75th anniversary of the sinking has revealed nothing but indentations in the seabed where the wreck formerly lay. Three other ships have similarly disappeared; the Dutch vessels HNLMS De Ruyter and the Java and the USS Perch. A third Dutch vessel, the HNLMS Kortenaer, is reported with a large section now missing....


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