The Royal Navy heavy cruiser HMS Exeter sinking during an operation in the Java Sea on 1 March 1942. The shipwreck has been plundered by scavengers. Photo: US Naval History and Heritage Command The Royal Navy heavy cruiser HMS Exeter sinking during an operation in the Java Sea on 1 March 1942. The shipwreck has been plundered by scavengers. Photo: US Naval History and Heritage Command
The Royal Navy heavy cruiser HMS Exeter sinking during an operation in the Java Sea on 1 March 1942. The shipwreck has been plundered by scavengers. Photo: US Naval History and Heritage Command

Deep sea grave robbers are stripping Asia’s rusted warship wrecks for ‘radiation-free’ steel

The unmarked graves of thousands of sailors are threatened by illegal metal salvagers

Topic |   Legacy of war in Asia
The Royal Navy heavy cruiser HMS Exeter sinking during an operation in the Java Sea on 1 March 1942. The shipwreck has been plundered by scavengers. Photo: US Naval History and Heritage Command The Royal Navy heavy cruiser HMS Exeter sinking during an operation in the Java Sea on 1 March 1942. The shipwreck has been plundered by scavengers. Photo: US Naval History and Heritage Command
The Royal Navy heavy cruiser HMS Exeter sinking during an operation in the Java Sea on 1 March 1942. The shipwreck has been plundered by scavengers. Photo: US Naval History and Heritage Command
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