The USS Lexington, also known as the "Blue Ghost," launched its planes into combat during the battle, helping the Allied forces to successfully repel the Japanese before taking direct hits from two Japanese torpedo bombers. Her crew, despite taking heavy losses, managed to contain the fires from those torpedoes as well as additional fire from other Japanese dive bombers. On May 8, four days after the battle began, an uncontrollable fire overtook the Lexington, forcing her commander to abandon ship. After many of the surviving crew were rescued, the USS Phelps, a destroyer, fired five torpedoes into her side to sink her. While the U.S. Navy celebrated its strategic victory over the Japanese, which would set the stage for winning the Pacific Theater in World War II, the Lexington descended to her watery grave nearly 2 miles below the surface, never to be seen again.