Japanese Submarine Found: Remains Of WWII I-400 Sen-Toku Class Japanese Submarine Found In Hawaii

By on Dec 4, 2013 in Asia, Science, United States, World Comments
I-400 Sen-Toku Class Japanese Submarine Found
2,300 Feet Of Water Off The Southwest Cost Of Hawaii

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A 400-foot long World War II-era Japanese submarine has been found by the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) team in 2,300 feet of water off the southwest coast of Oahu, Hawaii. It was identified as the I-400Sen-Toku” class submarine, one of the largest submarines ever built until nuclear-powered subs were invented, Fox News reported on Monday, December 2, 2013.

The I-400 was one of the five World War II Japanese submarines captured by the U.S. Navy in which some of the others have already been discovered. Report says that it was once docked at one time in Pearl Harbor for inspection. However, the Soviet Union in 1946 demanded access to the submarines under the terms of the treaty that ended the war in the Pacific.

Sensing that the relation between the United States and the Soviet Union were already tense, the U.S. Navy decided to scuttle the submarine to keep its advanced technology out of the hands of the Soviet Union and claimed to have no information about where they were.

CNN News report says that the Japanese submarine was found in August, but the research team did not notify the public until they had completed the submarine’s identity.

“We couldn’t really see the tell-tale sign number I-400 painted on the side like we saw with the other subs, but we saw features of it that match it up with the I-400,” said the veteran undersea explorer Terry Kerby, who led the expedition that found the submarine.

After a back-and-forth communication between the U.S. State Department and the Japanese government, it was determined that the Japanese submarine found was the I-400Sen-Toku” class submarine. The discovery was then announced on Monday after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had reviewed its findings with the U.S. State Department and Japanese government officials, researchers said.

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