April 1, 1946: “Operation “Road’s End.” View from the Destroyer, USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) as it accompanies Imperial Japanese Navy submarines headed out of Sasebo Bay, headed to "Point Deep Six," (reportedly about 60 km west of Nagasaki and off the Gotō Islands) where they are to be scuttled by demolition charges and/or gunfire from the Larson or the USS Nereus (AS-17) (not seen). Captain Bell and Commander D.A. Mckee are seen on deck of the Larson with a Japanese interpreter who is issuing instructions to the skeleton Japanese crews through a megaphone. Views of the submarines underway.
An aerial view of the cove of Sasebo Bay, Japan. Fleet of captured Japenese submarines lying at Sasebo bay.
Aerial view shows fleet of captured Japanese Submarines at Sasebo Bay, Japan. The Japanese submarines with skeleton crews being escorted from Sasebo Bay to the sea for destruction by the United States Navy as part of Operation Road's End.
Operation "Roads End,"involving the post-war scuttling of the Japanese submarine fleet. U.S. sailors opening boxes of demolition charges on the deck of Japanese Sen Toku I-400-class submarine aircraft carrier, number I-402, moored in Sasebo Bay, Japan. (It was converted to a tanker sub, and completed only 3 weeks before the end of the war, and never placed in service. I-402 is one of only 3 such boats ever completed.) A U.S. Navy launch, approaches and ties up to the I-402. Close view of the submarine as the launch approaches. Vice Admiral Robert M. Griffin, commander of U.S. Naval Forces,Japan, a Rear Admiral, and a Captain, climb from the launch onto the submarine. Scene shifts to a smaller sub ,tied up next to the I-402, where an U.S. Army Colonel, and Navy Captain, are conferring with a Japanese officer. A utility boat is tied up in the background. The Army colonel goes into a hatch leading below decks followed by the Navy Captain. Next scene shows Admiral Griffin emerging from an open hatch on the deck of the I-402. He speaks to a navy Commander standing nearby. Empty explosives boxes, previously seen, are now stacked in a pile near the boat's conning tower. Camera shows a Japanese aircraft carrier moving past a Japanese submarine. View from deck of the I-402, showing the smaller sub to the right, and another Japanese sub, behind, with smoke rising from it. High hills overlooking the bay, in background. Admiral Griffin conversing with the Rear Admiral. Japanese crew lounging on the utility boat next to the I-402. Group of American officers conversing near the hangar door of the I-402. View downward from the conning tower, of the admirals and other officers. U.S. Army Colonel points out something on deck of nearby small submarine. An I-400 class submarine and a Japanese cruiser. Japanese sailor opens hangar door of I-402. Admiral Griffin and his aide, inspect inside. The two admirals and the Captain examining the hangar.All the American officers gathered on deck of the I-402.
Views from U.S. boat moving among Japanese submarines in Sasebo Bay, Japan, during Operation Road's End, involving the scuttling of the Japanese submarine fleet. Seen are submarines: I-47; I-162; I-156l;n-203;I-158;I-103;107;I-58. An American launch pulls up to I-58 (the sub that sank the USs Indianapolis on July 31, 1945, in the Philippine Sea).Vice-Admiral Robert M. Griffin, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Japan, climbs aboard the sub, followed by other members of his party. Admiral Griffin walks the deck of the submarine, followed by a Rear Admiral, who points out some features of the boat to Admiral Griffith. View of the group standing on the deck of the I-58.
Operation Road's End. Inspection of Japanese submarines,moored in Sasebo Bay, Japan, that are scheduled for destruction, after World War 2. View from a boat passing several of these submarines. One has a group of U.S. Naval officers and others on its deck. View of Japanese submarines I-366 and Number 107. Japanese sailors are decorating the submarines with branches of cherry blossoms. A Japanese officer looking down from boat I-402, as the camera passes below. Closeup of him posing on his boat for the camera.. Captain Atogi Nakamura, Lt. Tashio Tanaka and crew members posing aboard Japanese submarine I-58 (that sank the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945 with torpedos fired by Lt. Tanaka).