AE1: Never Forgotten

September 18, 2019 – While conducting survey operations off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the crew of HMAS Melville took time to commemorate the first Australian casualties of WWI and the loss of the Australian submarine AE1. September 11 marks the anniversary of the capture of the German wireless station in Bita Pika, Papua New Guinea, in 1914. The action involved the Australian naval task group, which included HMA Ships Australia (I) and Sydney (I), and the submarines AE1 and AE2. Lieutenant Andrew Taylor gave a speech describing the…

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$500,000 grant to help find HMA Submarine AE1

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the Government would match private investment to fund an expedition to search for the First World War submarine, HMA Submarine AE1. Minister Payne said the government would provide $500,000 to allow Find AE1 Limited to proceed in its attempt to find the submarine and its crew. [smartslider3 slider=44] “HMAS (SIC) AE1 is one of the world’s great maritime mysteries and this expedition will be one of the most comprehensive searches for the submarine,” Minister Payne said. HMAS AE1 was lost…

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