The USS Helena (CL-50) has been discovered by Paul G. Allen’s expedition crew RV Petrel. She was sunk on July 6, 1943 by three Japanese torpedoes during the Battle of Kula Gulf. Today, USS Helena was found 860 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the New Georgia Sound off the coast of the Solomon Islands.
“We do these missions as testament to the brave souls who served on these ships,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Allen. “Each ship has a story that touches families and friends of those who perished or survived. It’s gratifying to hear those stories each time we announce a new discovery.”
Only a few ships can claim a history like that of USS Helena (CL-50). Her distinguished and storied World War II service began at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ended in a heroic and determined rescue on July 23, 1943. 168 of the 900 men perished with her.
Today, RV Petrel announced, they discovered her 860 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the New Georgia Sound off the coast of the Solomon Islands.