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Wreck of a submarine lost in 1944 found!

Search for Those on Eternal Patrol – STEP, an organisation dedicated to finding the wrecks of lost ships, has located the wreck of a US World War II submarine that was lost in 1944. The ship was tracked to the bottom in the waters surrounding the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The ship USS S-28
Published: December 16, 2017 - 15:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:11
Wreck of a submarine lost in 1944 found!

Search for Those on Eternal Patrol – STEP, an organisation dedicated to finding the wrecks of lost ships, has located the wreck of a US World War II submarine that was lost in 1944. The ship was tracked to the bottom in the waters surrounding the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

The ship USS S-28 was lost on 4 July 1944 during a training mission. There were 49 crew members on board at the time. The Americans consider ship S-28, to be one of the most significant losses suffered in the Central Pacific.

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The found wreck lies on the seabed at a depth of 2,650 metres, unreachable by divers. AUVs and ROVs had to be used to find the wreck and compile the necessary documentation. The collected material was passed on to the US Navy so that they could work together to establish what happened on that fateful day in July 1944.

[blockquote style=”2″]”We are confident that the wreck of the USS S-28 has been found, as the location of the loss of the ship, was known quite precisely. It was also the only US submarine lost in the central Pacific,” said expedition leader Tim Taylor.[/blockquote]

USS S-28 entered service on 13 December 1923. She was an S-1 type design measuring 66.8 metres long and 6.3 metres wide. She had 4 torpedo launchers 4x 533 mm, and a reserve of 12 Mk. X torpedoes, as well as 1 101 mm gun. The ship developed a speed of 14.5 knots on the surface and 11 knots when submerged.

During operations in the Pacific, the crew made seven combat patrols and sank one enemy vessel.

Source: usnews.com Photo: US Navy

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