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U-boat wreck discovered near Vistula Spit

The crew of the Russian minesweeper Alexander Obukhov found the wreck of a World War II submarine at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in the area of the Vistula Spit. The vessel was taking part in a training mission, the aim of which was to search for training mines. In the meantime the Russian
Published: November 2, 2019 - 12:07
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:46
U-boat wreck discovered near Vistula Spit

The crew of the Russian minesweeper Alexander Obukhov found the wreck of a World War II submarine at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in the area of the Vistula Spit. The vessel was taking part in a training mission, the aim of which was to search for training mines. In the meantime the Russian sailors had fallen prey to an unknown wreck…

Searching the Baltic waters with the modern Alexandrite hydro-acoustic equipment available on the ship, the crew at one point located a huge object. As it turned out, it was the wreck of a submarine lying on the seabed at a depth of about 60 metres.

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The site was initially surveyed by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), but poor visibility was a major impediment, so the documentation collected is not conclusive as to the exact identification of the find.

Speaking to Russian television, Chairman of the Undersea Fleet Veterans Council Vice Admiral Nikolai Khromov admitted that from the materials collected, the found vessel is probably a German submarine dating back to World War II.

A more detailed examination of the found vessel is still needed, but both the silhouette of the wreck and the snoot-like elements noticed fit the characteristics of a German U-boat. The fact that there was a training base for German submarines in Pillau (now Baltiysk) may also support this theory.

Source: mbs.news

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