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USS r-12
June 12, 1943 the USS R-12, she was offshore on a day mission. While on the surface between exercises she was running routine transition procedures, the forward battery compartment began to flood. The collision alarm was sounded and orders were given to blow main ballast, but the sea was faster. In about 15 seconds, R-12 was lost sweeping 5 crew off the coning tower as it plummeted to the bottom in six hundred feet of water. The commanding officer, one other officer, and three enlisted men were were rescued five hours later. Forty-two lives were lost that day. The USS R-12 was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on July 6th 1943. Tim Taylor and the crew of the RV Tiburon launched an expedition to locate the lost submarine in the Fall of 2010. They discovered her on October 10, 2010 and launched repeat expedition in 2012 to photograph and map the entire ship. They are currently collaborating with the Naval History & Heritage Command 's (NHHC) on further exploration, documenting and mapping of the historic site scheduled for 2013
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