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Researchers find 1941 Japanese midget sub off Pearl Harbor
The discovery of the 78-foot submarine took place during test and training dives on the manned submersibles Pisces IV and Pisces V, in a region routinely used for pilot training. This was only the 3rd time in the schools history that the two Pisces vessels were diving together, and was the final test dive for the season.
John Wiltshire, associate director of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, called the discovery “probably the most significant archaeological find in the Pacific”. Barry Raleigh, Dean of the School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology (SOEST) says that this outcome “is a tribute to the drive and talent of the HURL team.” Moreover, that the “discovery will surely open up some interesting questions regarding the events leading up to the war in the Pacific.”
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There are plans to visit the site again, but there are no immediate plans to recover the submarine. Although video footage shows the submarine in good condition, the submarine has two torpedoes on board that may still be active. The sub may also contain the remains of the two Japanese crew members.
is one of six national laboratories within the National Undersea Research
Program (funded by NOAA), and is the undersea research program within SOEST at
More information and pictures see http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/HURL/midget.html
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