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Sunday, June 11, 2006

US Navy Diving On Lagarto Site

Divers operating from USS Salvor (ASR 52) will be diving on the recently discovered resting place of the WWII submarine USS Lagarto (SS 371) over the next several days. From the Navy NewsStand article:

"The rescue and salvage ship USS Salvor (ARS 52) and divers of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 arrived June 11 at the site in the Gulf of Thailand presumed to be the resting place of the WWII–era USS Lagarto (SS 371) and its crew.
"In May 2005, British diver Jamie MacLeod reported finding Lagarto, which was last seen May 3, 1945. On May 8, 2006, MacLeod joined U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force Commander Rear Adm. Jeffrey Cassias and families of crew members who served aboard Lagarto at a memorial service in the crew’s honor hosted by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wis.
"Over the next several days the divers from Salvor and MDSU-1 will conduct diving operations in an attempt to confirm MacLeod’s discovery, in keeping with a longstanding Navy practice of independently verifying such finds when possible.
"Salvor is in the midst of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Southeast Asia and with the agreement of the Royal Thai navy – a CARAT exercise partner – was able to incorporate the Lagarto operation into the Thailand phase."

Much more on the USS Lagarto can be found here.

Update 2031 17 June: It looks like they pretty much confirmed that this was the Lagarto that was found.


Blogger Subsunk said...

It will be good to know what happened to her finally. I hope we'll be able to find the crew's relatives and provide a final dive report. God bless 'em. Let us know if we find out anything interesting about her condition.

After 60 yrs we are still finding out what happened so long ago. Is this a great country, or what?


6/12/2006 7:39 PM

Anonymous USS DOLPHIN AGSS-555 said...

Thanks for posting the information on the Lagarto. Perhaps we will be seeing it in a museum someday.


6/18/2006 8:18 AM


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