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Fleet of Sunken Japanese Submarines Found

June 14, 2004|From Times Wire Services

Texas A&M University researchers have found the wreckage of a fleet of Japanese submarines that prowled for U.S. ships during World War II.

The Navy used explosives to sink the 24 subs in 1946 to prevent the Soviets from taking advantage of their technology. The location of the wreckage was classified for nearly six decades. Using now-declassified Navy documents and underwater technology, an oceanography professor and graduate found the submarines 60 miles off the coast of Nagasaki.

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