IPE18 resumes following RIMPAC success

Following the successful conclusion of Exercise Rim of the Pacific, the Australian Defence Force has resumed its major maritime activity, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18). Continuing the effort to deepen Australia’s defense engagement and security partnerships in the south west Pacific, HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba – along with a platoon of Australian soldiers from 2RAR (2nd Battalion Royal Australia Regiment) – and US Marines are on their way to the Solomon Islands’ capital, Honiara. Replenishment ship HMAS Success will visit Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. The commanding officers of the…

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Navy Airborne Survey for Papua New Guinea waters

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. While operating from Rabaul LADS will undertake hydrographic surveys in the Kavieng and Rabaul regions. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all vessels. The survey will focus on the complex coastal passages at the northern end of New Ireland where Kavieng is the provisional capital. This work will help to identify passages…

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Report released into fate of HMAS AE1

Australia’s first submarine was most likely lost during an underwater operation off the coast of Papua New Guinea as it returned to Rabaul, according to the findings of a report from the expedition that found the wreck of HMAS AE1. The submarine was discovered during an expedition led by Find AE1 Limited in December 2017, more than 103 years after it disappeared near the Duke of York Islands in PNG, ending one of Australia’s longest naval mysteries. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the images collected during…

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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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