The US Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) has identified a shipwreck off the Japanese coast of Hokkaido as a submarine. uss albacore (SS 218), lost during World War II after sinking a dozen enemy ships.
NHHC’s Underwater Archeology Section (UAB) used information and images provided by Tamaki Ura of the University of Tokyo to confirm the identity of the submarine, which went missing on March 21. November 7, 1944,
Retired Navy Admiral Samuel J. NHHC Director Cox said before adding that “through their hard work and continued cooperation we were able to confirm the identity of the albacore. lost at sea for over 70 years,
Tamaki Ura obtained information about the submarine at the Japan Asian Historical Records Center (JACAR) and using a remotely operated vehicle, Ura’s team collected the data at the location indicated by the record. Strong currents, sea development and poor visibility at the site made it difficult to obtain complete images of the wreck. however, Several key features were identified in the video A Gato-class submarine from late 1944.
Certain modifications documented to the Albacore prior to its final mission allowed UAB experts to confirm that it was the desired American submarine.
As a sunken US military vessel, the Albacore wreck is protected by US law and under the jurisdiction of the NHHC. Non-intrusive activities, such as remote sensing documentation, are permitted, but any intrusive or potentially intrusive activities must be coordinated with NHHC and authorized with a permit, if applicable. “The wreck represents the final resting place of sailors who gave their lives in defense of the nation and should be respected by all parties a war grave“, highlights the United States Navy in a note.
Built by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, the USS Albacore entered service on June 1, 1942. Before being lost in 1944, she conducted 11 war patrols and Credited for sinking 10 enemy ships and possibly three others not yet confirmed. It is considered “one of the most successful submarines against enemy combatants during World War II”, says the NHHC.