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NURP Center Finds Massive WWII Japanese Sub During Routine Test Dives
This story entered on 30th Mar, 2005 05:37:25 AM PST

On March 24, 2005, researchers from the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL), NOAA’s Undersea Research Program for Hawaii and the Western Pacific, discovered a gigantic WW II era Japanese submarine in waters off Oahu. They came upon the Imperial Japanese Navy’s I-401 submarine while conducting routine test dives in HURL’s Pisces submersibles. The submarine was a massive underwater aircraft carrier that had been built to bomb the Panama Canal.

This is not the first sunken vessel found by HURL scientists. Last year, off Pearl Harbor, they located the wreck of the gigantic seaplane Marshall Mars, one of the largest aircraft built and used as a transport plane by the U.S. Navy. Two years earlier in the same area, the HURL crew also found the wreckage of a Japanese midget sub that was sunk on Dec. 7, 1941.

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