The wreckage of six warships and a submarine that have lain on the bottom of the Java Sea since 1942 is now missing, and naval authorities are at a loss to explain the disappearance.
The missing shipwrecks include HNLMS De Ruyter, HNLMS Java, HMS Exeter, HMS Encounter, and the submarine USS Perch. Large portions of other ships are also just plain gone.
Some naval authorities believe that illegal salvage operations have taken the wrecks for scrap metal. To be honest, that seems pretty far-fetched to Murdoc. The wrecks are in 200+ feet of water. Is the scrap metal really worth salvaging from that depth?