The wreckage of a U.S. submarine has been found and identified as the USS Albacore (SS 218)– a vessel believed by the Navy to have struck a mine and sunk off the North coast of Japan during World War II.
A team from the University of Tokyo led by Dr. Tamaki Ura used a remotely operated submersible to video the sub.
Retired Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox, Director of the Navel History and Heritage Command said “As the final resting place for Sailors who gave their life in defense of our nation, we sincerely thank and congratulate Dr. Ura and his team for their efforts in locating the wreck of Albacore. It is through their hard work and continued collaboration that we could confirm Albacore’s identity after being lost at sea for over 70 years.”
The USS Albacore, was credited with sinking at least 10 enemy vessels during the war, six of the Albacore’s enemy sinkings were enemy combat ships, making it one of World War II’s top combat submarines
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