Discovering the DAKAR

Acclaimed Author David Jourdan To Speak at UM’s Rosenstiel School on the Search for the Israeli Submarine DAKAR That Mysteriously Disappeared in 1968

Never Forgotten

VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. — Just after midnight on January 25, 1968 the DAKAR transmitted its final communication… then silence for decades.It was a mystery that persisted for more than 30 years. What had been the fate of the Israeli vessel? Had its diesel engines failed? Had it been detected and sunk by a passing navy ship?

For the next three decades more than two dozen expeditions were launched to uncover the whereabouts of the massive 287-foot submarine and her crew of 69 Israeli officers and seamen. It wasn’t until David Jourdan and his company Nauticos were hired that the wreckage was finally discovered in the Mediterranean under 10,000 feet of water.

Join David W. Jourdan, author of Never Forgotten: The Search and Discovery of Israel’s Lost Submarine DAKAR (Naval Institute Press; Pub Date: June 1, 2009) as he shares historic insights on the use of submarines, discussions with the sailors’ families and other details of the exciting expedition that led to the submarine’s underwater location. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Auditorium (4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, Fla.) Refreshments will be served following the lecture and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Jourdan is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds a master’s degree in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University. During his commission as a U.S. Navy submarine officer and as a physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, he became an expert in the analysis of large undersea environmental data sets, specializing in information collected by U.S. Navy ocean research submersibles and associated development programs.

He went on to found a successful deep sea exploration outfit, Nauticos, in 1986. The company gained notoriety through the discovery of several World War II era vessels, including a Japanese aircraft carrier that sank at the Battle of Midway. As leader of Nauticos, Jourdan has continued to support scientific, archaeological, and military programs including the development of oceanographic database systems for the Navy, development and use of Kalman Filter navigation analysis software for submarine inertial navigators, and support of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) test programs. More recently, he has worked on projects to develop the use of cold Deep-Ocean Water for fresh water production, cold agriculture and other renewable energy applications. For more information on Nauticos, please visit or call 207-967-0666.

More information, including audio clips with Jourdan and links to purchase the book, are available at

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UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
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UM Media Relations Office

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