|On Eternal Patrol - Submarine Discoveries|
|Please note: Recent reports published in Russian media sources of the discovery of USS Herring are unverified, and are, in all probability, incorrect. We will continue to follow any and all information on possible searches for the vessel.|
Since 2005, nine U.S. Navy submarines that were lost in World War II and whose exact locations were not previously known have been discovered. One additional submarine that had been found soon after her sinking has recently been re-discovered.
USS Flier (SS-250) was found near Palawan Island in the Philippines in the Spring of 2009, at a depth of over 300 feet.Father and son divers Mike and Warren Fletcher of the television show Dive Detectives filmed the dive on the vessel.
A memorial ceremony was hosted by the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum (recently renamed the USS Silversides Submarine Museum) in Muskegon, Michigan, on August 13, 2010. Flier page on this site
Photo courtesy of Tim Taylor
USS R-12 (SS-89) was found in 600 feet of water off Key West, Florida, in October of 2010 by an exploration team led by Tim Taylor aboard the expedition vessel "RV Tiburon." According to their website, "In making the discovery, the team deployed a state of the art autonomous underwater robot which collected first ever imagery of the remains of R-12. They are collaborating and sharing their findings with the US Navy." RV Tiburon is planning additional expeditions to further investigate the possible causes of the sinking, and collect detailed archeological baseline data.
A small get-together was held in Key West in June of 2013 to commemorate the loss of the vessel.
USS S-26 (SS-131) was rediscovered by a team led by Tim Taylor on the Pacific Ocean side of Panama in September 2014. In January of 1942, soon after the vessel was sunk in a collision with sub-chaser USS Sturdy (PC-460), divers located the vessel in 300 feet of water, but were unsuccessful in rescuing her crew.
USS S-28 (SS-133) was found in September, 2017, in water greater than 8,000 feet off the west coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Tim Taylor once again led the group that made this discovery. Her identity has been confirmed by the U. S. Navy. See the announcement here.
USS Robalo (SS-273) was found by the Sea Scan Survey Team in May, 2019, near Palawan Island in the Philippines. Her identity has been confirmed by the U. S. Navy.
See the YouTube video of the discovery at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whNrzuPp5x8, and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum's tribute to the boat and her men at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAe6lh7gCaA.
USS Grayback (SS-208) was found in June, 2019, in water greater than 1,400 feet off Okinawa, Japan. Tim Taylor once again led the group that made this discovery. Her identity has been confirmed by the U. S. Navy.
USS Stickleback (SS-415) was found off Oahu, Hawaii. Tim Taylor once again led the group that made this discovery.
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