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In the last few years, six U.S. Navy submarines that were lost in World War II and whose exact locations were not previously known have been discovered.
  • USS Lagarto (SS-371) - confirmed discovery in the Gulf of Thailand

  • USS Wahoo (SS-238) - confirmed discovery in the La Peruse Strait

  • USS Grunion (SS-216) - confirmed discovery off Kiska

  • USS Perch (SS-176) - discovery in the Java Sea

  • USS Flier (SS-250) - confirmed discovery near Palawan Island

  • USS R-12 (SS-89) - discovery off Key West, Florida


Lagarto
USS Lagarto USS Lagarto (SS-371) was found in the Gulf of Thailand on May 18, 2005 by Jamie Macleod and Stewart Oehl of the MV Trident dive boat.  The wreck lies in 280 feet of water.

Her identity has been confirmed by the U.S. Navy. A memorial ceremony attended by the families of the crew was held at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on May 6, 2006.

See short documentary of the Lagarto discovery here.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Michael Gadd.

 Lagarto page on this site


Wahoo
USS Wahoo USS Wahoo (SS-238) was found on July 28, 2006, in the La Perouse Strait by a team of Russian divers led by Vladimir Kartashev, who was searching at the location coordinates provided by the Wahoo Project.  The vessel is at a depth of 213 feet.

Her identity has been confirmed by the U.S. Navy.  A memorial ceremony was hosted by USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park on October 11, 2007.

Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.

 Wahoo page on this site


Grunion
Possible Grunion Sonar Image USS Grunion (SS-216) has been located by a team lead by the sons of her commanding officer, Mannert Lincoln "Jim" Abele.  Grunion was sunk approximately 10 miles northeast of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.  On August 16, 2006, the team discovered a probable submarine wreck, and produced sonar images of it.  The vessel shown here lies at a depth of over 2000 feet.

Photos from the site can be seen on the Search for the Grunion Blog.

Her identity has been confirmed by the U. S. Navy.  See the announcement here.   A memorial ceremony was hosted by USS Cod Submarine Memorial in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 11, 2008.
 

Sonar image above and photos below courtesy of Bruce Abele.

 Grunion page on this site

Grunion Photographic Comparison
USS Grunion - on the ways, and in the depths


Perch
USS Perch - Photo by Kevin Denlay USS Perch (SS-176) was found on November 23, 2006 in the Java Sea north-northwest of Surabaya City, Java, at a depth of 190 feet.  The dive group was led by Vidar Skoglie.

In December 2006, diver/photographer Kevin Denlay sent numerous photos of the wreck to Bowfin Park. Her identity has not yet been confirmed by the U. S. Navy, although physical evidence of the vesselís identity appears conclusive. 

Photo courtesy of Kevin Denlay.

 Perch page on this site


FlierUSS Flier - Bridge

USS Flier (SS-250) was found near Palawan Island in the Philippines in the Spring of 2009, at a depth of over 300 feet. 

Father and son divers Mike and Warren Fletcher of the television show Dive Detectives filmed the dive on the vessel.  We will post additional photos as soon as they are available. 

See the U.S. Navy Press Release on our sister website, USS Flier (SS-250).  

A memorial ceremony was hosted by the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum in Muskegon, Michigan, on August 13, 2010.  Flier page on this site


R-12

Photo courtesy of Tim Taylor

USS R-12 (SS-89) was found in 600 feet of water off Key West, Florida, by an exploration team led by Tim Taylor aboard the expedition vessel "RV Tiburon."  According to their website, "In making the discovery, the team deployed a state of the art autonomous underwater robot which collected first ever imagery of the remains of R-12. They are collaborating and sharing their findings with the US Navy." RV Tiburon is planning additional expeditions to further investigate the possible causes of the sinking, and collect detailed archeological baseline data.

A small get-together was held in Key West in June of 2013 to comemmorate the loss of the vessel.

Website for R/V Tiburon

R-12 page on this site


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