The first IJN battleship to be sunk during WWII on November 14, 1942 has been found by R/V Petrel. HIEI was crippled by a shell from the USS San Francisco on the 13th which disabled the steering gear. For the next 24 hours it was attacked by multiple sorties of torpedo, dive and B-17 bombers. Hiei sank sometime in the evening with a loss of 188 of her crew. HIEI now lies upside down in 900 plus meters of water Northwest of Savo Island.
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