The Montevideo Maru was a Japanese passenger and cargo ship, primarily used to transport supplies and personnel throughout the Pacific. During World War II, the ship was utilized to transport Allied prisoners of war to Japan for forced labor.
In July 1942, the ship was hit by torpedoes from an American submarine and sunk, killing almost all of the prisoners of war on board.
The discovery of the Montevideo Maru wreck after 80 years has significant implications for the families of the victims, many of whom have long sought closure and information about their loved ones' fate.
The finding may provide some answers and allow the families to honor and remember their loved ones appropriately.
WW2 shipwreck from Australia's worst maritime disaster SS Montevideo Maru found after 81 years
The discovery of the Montevideo Maru has garnered international attention and recognition, with several countries expressing their condolences and support for the families of the victims.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has commented on the discovery, stating that it is a "sobering reminder of the cost of war." Japanese officials have also expressed their condolences and offered their assistance in the identification of the victims' remains.