YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, July 28. /Offset. TASS, Iryna Baibarza/. Sakhalin experts almost 100% sure that the object found in the area of the Kuril Islands during the second expedition of the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation and the Russian geographical society, is an American submarine.

“Discovered on June 25 at a depth of 100-110 meters in the removal of 2.8 km from the shore of the underwater object after a detailed study using multi-beam echo sounder and create a three-dimensional image is 99% identified as submarine,” – said at the session of the Sakhalin branch of the Russian geographical society (RGS) expedition member, captain of the boat a large geographic Igor Tikhonov.

Sakhalin scientist, a local historian Igor Samarin, have suggested that this may be the us submarine Herring (SS-233).

Graveyard of ships

The island of Matua, who found the object – the graveyard of ships. “According to my calculations, near Matua killed at least five vessels . In 1941 the first ship ran aground and was smashed by storms. One of the most unusual events is the death of a Japanese transport “Royer-Maru”, which carried the garrison on the island and March 3, 1944, ran aground. Then the military were forced to land not at Matua, and Topography and live a week on a bare island with no food,” said Samarin.


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According to him, another ship came in to unload, ran aground, and then for unknown reasons, exploded. In June 1944 in the Bay Double a squad of Japanese ships became easy prey to American submarine Herring, which on the surface fired torpedoes and immediately came to the two ships. On one of them for Matua came division, killed 280 people, eight howitzers were drowned.

“And then begins the interesting story associated with a U.S. submarine Herring (SS-233). According to the Americans, who used information from Japanese Newspapers, Herring was hit in this battle, coast artillery. Later, the Japanese went to sea, saw a big oil stain, which confirmed the fact of the death boats,” said Samarin, adding that there is another version. Some Japanese sources claim that the boat then disappeared.

“After Herring surfaced in the fog, threw torpedoes and knocked out of the court, none of the artillery gun on the boat did not shoot. She was standing where guns were not anti aircraft guns could not be rotated because not enough angle, and the submarine fired only anti-aircraft guns of 20 and 25 mm. They fired at her with such intensity that one machine broke bed, and he fell into the abyss, and the boat disappeared. Therefore there were doubts, killed Herring,” explained Samarin.

Captain BGK 21530 Igor Tikhonov said that the search for a submerged object in the Bay Dual yielded no results. “There are very strong tidal streams. So if there were wrecks, they simply took. According to recent reports, the divers in the southern part of the Bay found an anchor weight 2,-2,5 tons. He’s on a very big ship,” he explained.

Tikhonov said that work near Matua continue. To explore the submerged submarine might send a submersible.

Expedition to Matua

Representatives of the expeditionary center of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation, the Russian geographical society, the staff of the Pacific fleet and the Eastern military district continue to explore the ravaged infrastructure, located on the Kuril island of Matua. This is the second expedition to Matua, it will last until September. The first joint expedition of the Ministry of defense and RGO on Matua held in 2016.

The participants of the second expedition found a number of historical artifacts, in particular, found the remains of the residence of the Japanese garrison commander, equipped with pillboxes, loopholes and underground tunnels.

On Matua employs Hydrogeologists, volcanologists, hydrobiologists, landsafturi, soil scientists, divers, searchers, and archaeologists from Vladivostok, Moscow, Kamchatka and Sakhalin. They have to collect material for the Atlas of marine life the waters of the island of Matua and the neighbouring Islands. Work on study island and its waters will last until September 2017, they would bring the materials needed for the further development of the island. Experts will make maps of natural hazards will study alternative energy sources, the chemical composition of natural waters, potential soil fertility and other aspects.

Matua island, the middle group of greater Kuril ridge Islands, the length is about 11 km, 6,4 km away, and during the Second world war there was located one of the largest naval bases of Japan. In 1945, the island was ceded to the USSR, and the Japanese base has been transformed into a Soviet. On the island there are many well preserved fortifications, mines, caves, two runways, which are heated by thermal springs, so can be used all year round.