A missing WWII Russian submarine, which had blown up into large pieces, was found by divers in the Baltic Sea, an area now controlled by Sweden. The Soviet sub was a surprise discovery for the divers.
According to The Swedish Armed Forces, who took immediate action into investigating the discovery, the sub is thought to be the S-6 which vanished on patrol in September 1941. The waters in the area at the time were mined by German forces. It is believed that while on patrol, the Soviet sub hit one of the mines that blew it apart and sank it. The wreck was found in two large pieces off the island of Oland.
“In the autumn of 1941 several Russian submarines left their home bases to patrol the Baltic Sea. Several of them never returned. One of them has now been found, blown up into large pieces, southeast of Oland,” reads a statement made by the Swedish Armed Forces this past Monday.
“There is much to indicate that the submarine headed straight into the minefield while on the surface and was blown apart by a mine,” said one military spokesperson.
This is just the latest WWII wreck discovered in International waters in Sweden’s economic zone, in a previously heavily-mined area known as the ‘Wartburg minefield’. The area is now considered a war grave.
According to rusnavy.com, the Soviet submarine was identified by letters, which were still readable on the ship’s hull, and the year 1936 stamped on its main 100mm gun.
Swedish authorities have informed Russia of the find in order to give family members and the Russian navy the opportunity to conduct a memorial ceremony at the site.