TITLE: Never Forgotten, the Search for Israel's Lost Submarine Dakar
SPEAKER: David Jourdan
EVENT DATE: 2009/06/08
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 53 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
On Jan. 25, 1968, the Dakar, Israel's just-commissioned submarine, disappeared without a trace in the eastern Mediterranean. Israel spent the next 31 years looking for the massive submarine and her crew of 69 officers and seamen. In 1996, the country invited a noted ocean explorer, David Jourdan, to investigate, and in 1999 Jourdan and his team solved the legendary mystery.
Jourdan discussed "Never Forgotten," his newly released book about the quest to find the missing sub. "Never Forgotten" traces the Dakar from its origins in the British Navy in World War II through its sale to Israel and the fateful voyage across the Mediterranean. The book describes the search for and discovery of the submarine, and it also tells the story of the boat's crew and the impact the tragedy had on an entire nation.
Speaker Biography: David Jourdan is the co-founder and president of Nauticos, an ocean exploration company in Cape Porpoise, Maine. A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Jourdan served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer. He holds a master's degree in applied physics from The Johns Hopkins University.