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WWII Japanese submarine aircraft carrier + video




Submarine aircraft carriers are submarines equipped with fixed wing aircraft for observation or attack missions. These submarines saw their most extensive use during World War II, although their operational significance remained rather small. The most famous of them were the Japanese I-400 class submarine and the French submarine Surcouf, although a few similar craft were built by other nations' navies as well.
Except for the I-400 and AM classes, those submarine aircraft carriers which were actually built used their aircraft in a supporting role (usually for reconnaissance), unlike the typical surface aircraft carrier, which describes a ship whose main function is serving as a base for combat aircraft. However, both real concepts and many fictional submarine aircraft carriers were created with the same role.
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The I-14, a World War II Japanese submarine aircraft carrier has been discovered off the coast of Oahu, along with the I-201, one of the fastest submarines of World War II.


They were deliberately sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1946 to prevent their technology falling into Soviet hands. They were originally intended for an attack on the U.S. mainland including New York City and Washington D.C. and had capabilities unmatched until the arrival of nuclear submarines.
The discovery was made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Undersea Research Lab at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and by National Geographic Channel (NGC), which documented and partly funded the search mission for the upcoming special Hunt for the Samurai Subs, premiering Tuesday, November 17, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT during the network's second annual Expedition Week.