Leyte Gulf Battlefield
Philippine Sea, March 2022
On June 22, 2022, the Caladan Oceanic team conducted a series of dives off the island of Samar in the Philippines, searching for the wrecks of American vessels lost in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. They found the wreckage of Destroyer Escort 413, the Samuel B. Roberts – also known as the “Sammy B.” She was located 6,895 meters on the bottom of the seafloor, rendering her the deepest shipwreck ever discovered and surveyed. Her participation in the battle is legendary, earning her the nickname ‘the destroyer escort that fought like a battleship.