On-Air Highlights


Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Sep 11, 2017 8:58 AM

One of the five-inch 25 caliber anti-aircraft gun mounts from the USS Indianapolis.

WITF presents a live tour of the wreckage from the USS Indianapolis, the WWII vessel lying at the bottom of the Pacific since its sinking in 1945. Video of the vessel, which was found in August, will be transmitted from a remotely operated vehicle.

Lost for more than 72 years, the U.S. Navy cruiser was found and positively identified in August through careful analysis of wreckage and markings by the expedition crew onboard the Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, owned by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen.

Journalist Miles O'Brien hosts the coverage.  You will have a chance to see parts of the wreckage of the Fifth Fleet's naval flagship, which lies more than three miles below the surface of the Philippine Sea. As video and images are transmitted from a state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Robert Kraft, Vulcan's director of subsea operations, will provide live narration direct from the R/V Petrel. O'Brien will be joined by experts and scientists, including William Toti, retired U.S. Navy captain and final commanding officer of the Los Angeles class submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN-697) to comment on what viewers are seeing, as well as to discuss the history of the ship, its missions and crew, its sinking and the significance of the expedition.

USS Indianapolis Live will broadcast on WITF Wednesday September 13 at 10:00pm. 

Published in TV

back to top

Give Now

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »