Three Dutch war ships that were sunk by the Japanese navy during the Battle of the Java Sea in 1942, are indeed missing from the seabed off the coast of Indonesia, the Ministry of Defense announced. The initial results of an investigation also shows traces of a salvage operation, AD reports.
The missing Dutch warships that disappeared from the bottom of the Java Sea may have been sold as scrap metal by Asian salvage companies, maritime historian Jaap Anten said in Het Oog Op Moorgen.
The ships involved are Hr. Ms. De Ruyter and Hr. Ms. Java and a large part of Hr. Ms Kortenaer. With them disappeared the war graves of over 900 Dutch soldiers and some 250 Indonesian soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Java Sea in February 1942. All three ships sunk in that battle.