NOAA dive on historic Japanese mini submarines near Pearl Harbor
On the morning of December 7, 1941, U.S. naval vessels and aircraft on patrol outside Pearl Harbor spotted a partially-submerged submarine trying to enter the harbor. Ninety minutes before Pearl Harbor was bombed by air, the destroyer USS Ward fired on the sub, sinking it. The event marks the first U.S. shots fired and the country's entry into World War II in the Pacific.
On December 7, 75 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the public will have its first-ever opportunity to view a live dive on two Japanese mini submarines, the first of which was sunk by the USS Ward prior to the attack. The expedition is coordinated by maritime archaeologists and scientists with NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
The research team will be using a remotely operated vehicle from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to revisit the historic wreck site and document its condition. The dive will be live-streamed and the public is invited to participate.
Additional photos and video will be available after the cruise.