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On This Day in History - February 27, 1942

February 27, 1942 #OTD World War II: Battle of the Java Sea HNLMS Java (Pictured) is torpedoed by the Japanese heavy cruiser Nachi. The torpedo detonated an aft magazine and blew the stern off the ship, causing flooding in the aft engine room and setting fire to the anti-aircraft deck. As the ship took on a heavy list to port, the flooding caused the electrical equipment to shut down. The crew abandoned ship and the Java sank about fifteen minutes after being struck by the torpedo. 512 of her crew lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck of Java was discovered by a specialist wreck diving expedition on 1 December 2002, lying on its starboard side at a depth of 69 metres (226 ft). The wreck of her consort HNLMS De Ruyter which was sunk at the same time (as Java) was also discovered on 1 December 2002, whilst HNLMS Kortenaer, sunk during the late afternoon of 27 February 1942, was discovered by the same group in August 2004. On 15 November 2016 the Dutch Ministry of Defence reported the disappearance of the wreck of Java, along with the wrecks of the De Ruyter and parts of the Kortenaer. The Royal Netherlands navy announced that they will launch an investigation, suspecting illegal salvage. In February 2017 a report was issued confirming the salvaging of the three wrecks.

On This Day in History - February 27, 1942

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