A German submarine delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II was found intact, more than 70 years after being sunk by the Allies, media reports said today.
Re-named as Ro-500 when it was delivered to the Japanese in 1943, U-511 was discovered by a research team of the La Plongée Society for Deep Sea Technology, in front of Kyoto Prefecture.
Built-in 1941 by Nazi Germany, the 77-meter-long submarine was used to transport confidential documents to Japan.
The boat is in perfect condition, although covered with sea creatures, said Tamaki Ura, leader of the researchers.
Two other war submersibles manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan were found in the vicinity of the Ro-500, said Ura.
The three warships are in good condition and rest in a vertical position on the seabed, at a depth of between 80 and 90 meters. We proved that the Ro-500, which contributed to the advance of Japan’s underwater technology, still exists. he added.
The Ro-500 was drilled in the Gulf of Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, more than 400 kilometres from Tokyo, by the United States Navy on April 30, 1946.