US Submarine That Vanished on 1st Mission in WWII Is Found Off Alaskan Islands

Live Science | 8/5/2019 | Staff
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Nearly 80 years ago, the USS Grunion submarine sank on its inaugural mission during World War II, taking the lives of 70 sailors with it as it plunged to the bottom of the Pacific. Now, after years of searching, a team looking for WWII-era submarines has found the Grunion's bow about 2,700 feet (820 meters) under the water's surface, off the coast of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

Upon finding the long-lost bow, the team used autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and advanced photogrammetry imaging to create 3D images of the underwater vessel.

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Taking these detailed 3D images is useful to science, as "archaeologists and historians [can now] spend months back home performing detailed research," Taylor noted.

A 3D reconstruction of the USS Grunion, which sank in 1942.

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The United States commissioned the USS Grunion on April 11, 1942, putting it under the command of Lt. Cmdr. Mannert Abele. The submarine helped the Allied forces from the get-go; when the sub was traveling from the Caribbean to its first posting at Pearl Harbor, it rescued 16 survivors from the USAT (United States Army transport ship) Jack, which had been torpedoed by a German U-boat.

The USS Grunion's first war patrol, however, was also its last. In June 1942, the submarine was sent to the Aleutian Islands. Once in...
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