NOAA to Explore WWII Japanese Submarines Near Pearl HarborDecember 6, 2016, 8:37 AM HST · Updated December 6, 8:41 AM 1 Comment
On the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, maritime archaeologists and scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct a live dive of two Japanese mini submarines involved in the event.
Live streaming will be available at http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/media/exstream/exstream.html.
The team with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will join several deep-sea biologists in conducting interviews following the dive.
On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, US naval vessels and aircraft on patrol outside Pearl Harbor spotted a partially submerged submarine trying to enter the harbor, but alerts were not immediately sent. Ninety minutes before Pearl Harbor was bombed by air, the sub fired on the destroyer USS Ward which then fired back, sinking it. The event marks the first US shots fired and the country’s entry into WWII in the Pacific.
The second submarine to be explored during the dive disappeared that morning before the attack. It was discovered in shallow waters in 1951, raised by the US Navy, and taken out to sea to be dumped in deeper water. In 1992, the University of Hawaiʻi’s Undersea Research Laboratory rediscovered it. It has been periodically visited by the university’s submersibles, the last time in 2013.