Archaeology breakthrough as Greek divers find 'rare' WW2 submarine torpedoed by Royal Navy


Greek divers have unearthed the sunken wreckage of an Italian submarine 80 years after it was destroyed by the Allied Forces in the Aegean Sea during World War Two. The submarine, which was named the Jantina, sailed from the Greek island of Leros with 48 sailors on board.

On July 5, 1941, it sank after being hit by torpedoes fired by the British submarine HMS Torbay.

Kostas Thoctarides, one of Greece’s best-known divers, and his team discovered the submarine south of the island of Mykonos at a depth of 103 metres below sea level. 

To find it, they used a remotely operated underwater vehicle known as the ROV Super Achilles, which carried out a detailed visual examination of the wreckage.

Speaking to Reuters, Thoctarides, a maritime expert said: “Naval history is like a puzzle, and this is part of that puzzle.

“The confrontation of two submarines is a rare naval event.”

Researchers were able to verify Jantina’s identity using records from Italy’s Naval History Office. 

She is the fourth submarine that was located and identified by Mr. Thoctarides.

Mr Thoctarides, who is a big fan of maritime history, has found submarines all over Greece’s water– Mykonos, Skiathos, Kefalonia, Saronic Gulf.

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The SUPER-ACHILLE is a powerful, versatile and reliable ROV used for inspection, survey and lightwork and can go to a depth of up to 1000 metres. 

It is usually used to assist divers and is also greatly advantageous when conducting underwater site surveys of wrecks, coral, shells, pipelines, etc in heavily polluted water, or difficult current conditions like strong currents of up to 2 knots.

Mr. Thoctarides is the author of six books, including “Shipwrecks on the Greek Seabed” which includes the tales of twenty shipwrecks and has almost sold out.

He is currently considering capturing the story of Jantina and its discovery in a documentary.

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