Lost WWII Mega-Sub Found Off Hawaii
Navy sunk giant Japanese sub in 1946
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2013 1:51 AM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2013 12:03 PM CST
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(Newser) – A massive prize for marine archeologists: The wreck of a colossal aircraft-carrier submarine the Japanese built to attack the Panama Canal has been found under 2,300 feet of water off the coast of Hawaii. The I-400, part of a class of the biggest and most advanced submarines built during World War II, had been missing since 1946, reports the Huffington Post. It was captured by the US at the end of the war, and the Navy decided to use it as target practice and sink it to keep it out of the hands of the Soviets, who had been given the right to access captured Japanese technology as part of the treaty that ended the war. Declassified documents support the Navy's claim that it didn't know exactly where it sank.

The wreck was discovered by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers, who used sonar data to hunt for irregularities on the sea floor. The sub appeared as a promising anomaly, but they weren't sure of the find until they went down in a submersible Pisces V and spotted the 400-foot sub looming in the dark. There are no plans to bring any wreckage to the surface. "In cases like this, when you find historic shipwrecks, what you’ve done is not just something archaeological," the director of the NOAA's maritime heritage program tells the New York Times. "You have added into the catalog of the world’s greatest museum: the bottom of the seas." (Click to read about another wild underwater find, this one off New Jersey.)

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crafter67
Dec 9, 2013 1:06 AM CST
-" 2,300 feet of water off the coast of Hawaii"- Hopefully someone enterprising can get a small sub and give tours...
iq145
Dec 8, 2013 3:54 PM CST
How did we get from Pearl Harbour to Hiroshima? Easily... THE TRUTH: 1940s, The japanese empire was warned many many times in advance to cease all hostility or their country would be bombed. The japanese Empire made a decision and chose to allow their own people to get bombed while continuing their plans of warfare! They scoffed and didn't realize the scope of power the U.S. possessed. They thought they'd only be sacrificing a small number of their civilians to conventional plane bombings, and that's always acceptable to "governments" like theirs. Shaking someone's hand and calling yourself their "friend" to their face, while at the same time you're sneaking around the back way with a deadly suicide attack on people who aren't prepared for it is a cowardly thing to do. The term "jap" will now forever have that meaning. Definition: "When one attacks another while he's not looking or ready for it." The word comes from the cowardly attack of Pearl Harbour. (Example: Floyd Mayweather japped Victor Ortiz) Was it really necessary? Was it a noble thing to do?
fractal
Dec 8, 2013 12:57 PM CST
"The Greatest Generation" will always be remembered for the amount of trash they behind, without a second thought. Especially in the oceans.