Shipyard plays important role during World War I

November 6, 2018 – November 11, 2018, marks 100 years since the armistice was signed ending World War I, known at the time as “The War to End All Wars.” The armistice also brought to an end a period of extraordinary effort at Navy Yard Puget Sound, the Navy’s Pacific Northwest ship construction and repair facility that would later come to be known as Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The hostilities among more than two dozen countries began in 1914 at a time when the United States…

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Portuguese Navy Museum First World War Exhibit

Google Translation With the outbreak of the armed conflict that spread among the major European powers in 1914, Portugal faced the challenge of maintaining a position of non-belligerence, while ensuring sovereignty over national territories. The Portuguese Navy competed to safeguard the interests of the State in national waters, in the metropolis and in the colonies, guaranteeing the defense and surveillance of the ports, navigation and the main routes of maritime communication. And, after one hundred years, the great challenge of the exhibition is to keep the memory of all those…

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‘FOUND’ – Australian Navy Submarine HMAS AE1 located after 103 years

Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1 has been found, ending a 103 year maritime mystery. The fate of 800 ton AE1 and her 35 crew members has remained one of the persistent mysteries of Australia’s military history. It was the first loss for the Royal Australian Navy and the first Allied submarine loss in World War I; a significant tragedy felt by our nation and our allies. The Royal Australian Navy submarine was lost off Rabaul on 14 September 1914 with all personnel aboard. An expedition to locate the submarine took…

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Makkum finds German submarine

Google Translation HNLMS Makkum has found 8.5 miles from the Cap Barfleur (Normandy) wreckage of a German submarine from the First World War. It is highly likely that the UC-69 wreck, which sank in 1917 after a collision with another German submarine, the U-96. The find is already in late October, but it’s only known what wreck it is. The UC-69 departed from Zeebrugge on December 4th, 1917, to lay mines on the waterways to and from the French port city of Cherbourg. On the 6th of December at about 20.00, 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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RAN’s WW1 history on display

One hundred and three years ago, Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1 disappeared while patrolling the seas near present-day New Guinea. No trace of the vessel or its 35 hands has ever been found. This story is now being told in a new exhibition at the Queensland Maritime Museum, War at Sea– the Navy in World War I. The experiences of Australian sailors in the First World War has largely been overshadowed by the stories of soldiers on the Western Front and at Gallipoli. The Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition…

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Navy Announces Plan to Survey Wreck of WWI Cruiser San Diego

The Navy announced plans September 6 to survey the wreck of the World War I U.S. Navy cruiser, on which six American Sailors lost their lives when she was sunk as a result of enemy action off the coast of New York on July 19, 1918. The survey’s objective is to assess the condition of the wreck site and determine if the ship, the only major warship lost by the United States in, was sunk as a result of a German submarine-launched torpedo or mine. Ultimately, data gathered will help…

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