Greek divers discover sunken Italian submarine

Greek divers discovered the wreckage of an Italian submarine 80 years after it was sunk by the Allied forces in the Aegean Sea during World War II.

The submarine Marina Militare “Jantina”, leaving the Greek island of Leros with 48 sailors on board, sank on 5 July 1941 after being hit by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Torbay.

The sub was discovered last month by Kostas Toktarides, one of Greece’s most famous divers, and his team south of Mykonos at a depth of 103 meters, using a ROV Super Achilles underwater vehicle, which conducted a detailed visual inspection of the wreckage.

“Naval history is like a mystery, and it’s part of the mystery,” said Reuters Toktarides, marine expert. “A duel between two submarines is a rare naval event.”

Jantina was identified through records from the Office of Italian Naval History, Toctarides said. This is the fourth submarine discovered and identified by Toktarides.

Photo: Costas Toktarides / Handout via REUTERS

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