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  RO-65 Japanese Submarine


Sinking History
Sunk by an American bomber September 28, 1942 at Kiska Harbor. Japanese sorces claim the sub was lost accidentally while diving to escape an air strike.

This wreck is most likely RO-65. The diving planes were horizontal, rather than pointed downward as would be expected if the sub was diving, and the screw was fouled with cable, perhaps from later salvage attempts. The submersible deck gear was in place.

Material evidence on this side points to sinking by bombing. There was external structural damage to the pressure hull and the entirety of the sail material lay off to the hull side. A debris field lies to the south of the hull, which was facing east toward the harbor mouth. The debris field contained most of the sail-related equipment. The forward torpedo loading hatch was open and a 21-inch torpedo was in place on the port side.

Some salvage is evident: hatches are open, and the deck guns are missing. It is not clear when this salvage was done or by whom the Japanese, Americans, or later souvenir hunting SCUBA divers.

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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