Sunken WWII Japanese Subs Located

Latest reports from the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor today reveal that Japanese submarines captured by U.S. forces and sunk off the coast of Oahu, HI, have been located.  Check out the photos on National Geographic‘s Web site.

The subs were gleaned of their advanced technologies and sunk by U.S. forces in 1946 to prevent the USSR from gaining the technology.  According to researchers, one submarine could have circled the globe more than a single time without refueling even though it was not nuclear powered.  The subs were allegedly designed to wage kamikaze missions against New York City and Washington, D.C., using bombers with folding wings.

The second sub mirrored the current sleek design of current subs and never saw battle.

These were just two of the five subs captured at the end of World War II by the U.S. military.  The search for these scuttled vessels has taken many years, with the first sub located in 2005.  Dives are scheduled to check out the submerged vessels, and will be conducted by researchers at the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory.

Check out the full news stories for more details on why these subs were so advanced.

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  1. Interesting!

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