Explorers find long-lost USS Grayback submarine after 75-year mystery


A team of ocean explorers confirmed Sunday that the USS Grayback, one of the most successful US submarines during the war, was discovered about 50 nautical miles south of Okinawa back in June.

Explorer Tim Taylor's Lost 52 Project team announced Sunday that the they had located the USS Grayback on June 5, 2019.

A World War II submarine that had been missing for more than 75 years has been located in the waters off Japan. This is the first USA submarine discovered in Japanese waters and is the final resting place of 80 Sailors.

The Grayback sailed out from Pearl Harbor toward the East China Sea on January 28, 1944 and sank at least two Japanese cargo ships in its path, according to the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

The sub now lies 1,427 feet below the surface off the shore of Okinawa and its deck gun was found resting about 383 feet away, according to the organization. Iwasaki reviewed files that included daily radio reports that the naval air base at Naha, Okinawa received at the time.

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When Iwasaki retranslated the documents, he learned the correct coordinates for the attack on the Grayback. "The next thing we see in the last quarter of the last line of data is the USS Grayback roll across the monitor", said Taylor.

"The discovery brings closure to the questions that surrounded the Grayback as far as its sinking and location", Hurney said in a statement to CNN.

The Grayback expedition is part of the ongoing "Lost 52 Project" supported in part by STEP Ventures and has been recognized by JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) as the first and most comprehensive offshore underwater archaeological expedition in Japanese waters.

"It's vital that we remember [the sailors], and that they feel that they haven't been forgotten", Dennison said.