Τετάρτη, 9 Νοεμβρίου 2016

WWII Super Submarine discovered off the coast of Hawaii




A Second World War mega-submarine of Imperial Japanese Army had been successfully mapped and filmed, a year and half after it was first discovered off the coast of Hawaii.
Decades ahead of its time, the I-400 submarine was among the largest and technologically most advanced submarines of its era. The aircraft hangar of the submarine was large enough to facilitate the launch of at least three float-plane bombers.

The submarine met a tragic end, when it was deliberately sunk after the end of the war to hide its technologically advanced innovations, from the Soviet Union.
WWII Super SubmarineThe I-400 [Via]
The wreck of the submarine was first discovered by divers in December 2013. Immediately after the discovery, NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) launched a new search towards the missing parts of the I-400 submarine.
The expedition was overall a great success for the team, as they first established the location of the wreck, which then followed the mapping and filming of submarine’s hangar. Team also managed to film the navigation platform and its bell.
WWII Super SubmarineWreck of the I-400 [Via]
The Operations Director and Chief submarine pilot of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL), Mr. Terry Kerby said that the lack of a detailed bottom mapping data caused some major issues while locating the missing features of the iconic submarine including its hangar and conning tower.
He added that they were limited to only one dive a day, which meant that there was a strong chance that they might spend the whole day staring at the barren sandy bottom.
WWII Super SubmarineMega-submarine I-400 hangar door [Via]
The team had a fortunate start, when a mere guess turned out to be a great decision when the search commenced from the northwest. Soon after the vey first dive the massive hangar came on the screens causing a burst of emotions and excitement. The other items observed on the course of the discovery seemed amazingly intact despite lying in the bottom for last 7 decades, the International Business Times reports.
The director of the NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program James, Delgado has said that the significance of the waters of Hawaii is immense not only for the people and culture of the native Hawaiians but also for the wartime history of the United States. He added that the Hawaiian waters are undoubtedly a veritable museum of maritime past. NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program is helping to conduct the search and survey mission off the coast of Hawaii, and is determined to carry on collaborating with HURL and NHK to bring forth more historic artifacts from the past.

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