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Sunken World War II-era sub near Nagasaki identified as I-58

Courtesy of The Society La Plongee for Deep Sea Technology

The broken stern of the World War II-era I-58 submarine as photographed by an underwater robot

The Yomiuri ShimbunA submarine found off the Goto island chain in Nagasaki Prefecture has been identified as the I-58 submarine of the Imperial Japanese Navy, a private research team said Thursday.

The Society La Plongee for Deep Sea Technology based in Kitakyushu has conducted a survey of sunken Japanese submarines that were disposed of by the GHQ in 1946.

The research team said they determined the condition of the I-58 and the precise location where the submarine had sunk.

The I-58 is known for having torpedoed and sunk the USS Indianapolis near the end of World War II. The Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser of the U.S. Navy, had been on a secret mission to transport materials for the atomic bomb.

The I-58 was found on the seafloor with its stern projecting upward in waters about 200 meters deep, about 50 kilometers west of the city of Nagasaki. The researchers identified it as the I-58 based on the characteristics of its rudder.Speech



Courtesy of The Society La Plongee for Deep Sea Technology
[Released on September 7, 2017]
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    The I-58, stuck in the seabed off the Goto islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, was discovered using sonar.

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