Central Naval Museum Celebrates 120th Anniversary of Cruiser Aurora

November 9, 2019 – In the branch of the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great, on the eve of the 120th anniversary of the launch of the cruiser of the 1st rank Aurora, the exhibition-announcement “Bookmark of cruisers of the Diana type opened. The opening of a full-fledged exhibition dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the service of the Aurora cruiser to the Russian fleet is planned for May 23, 2020. The exhibition tells about the service of unique cruisers, the design of which began in March…

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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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Incursion of Buccari by MAS 94, 95 & 96 Under CF Costanzo Ciano

Google Translation After the forcing of Trieste, and the sinking of the battleship Wien , at the beginning of 1918 it was decided to realize a new forcing operation , even more audacious, to be realized in the Bay of Buccari , set inside a narrow channel in proximity to the main opposing bases. On 4 February 1918 a seaplane surveyed Pula, Rijeka and Buccari, at the end of which reported an important photographic material showing the presence at Pula of 4 “Viribus”, 3 “Radetzki”, 3 “Erzherzog”, a ” Monarch…

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Subchaser Archives Notes Vol, 15 No. 1, January 2019

By Christmas, 2018, chasers that had been sent to ports along the coast of the Adriatic Sea were starting to be sent back to Corfu, with orders to start the homeward bound journey. SC 93, under the command of Lt. (j.g.) George Dole, landed at Malta on Christmas Eve, then by the end of January, was headed for France. While for the chaser officers and crews this was a time for touring, the government’s main objective was to remove the depth charges and deck guns from the chasers and to…

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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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