Expedition provides detailed new look at HMAS AE1

A joint US and Australian expedition to survey Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1 has provided detailed new images of the 103-year old shipwreck, which lies on the seafloor off the Duke of York Islands in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS AE1 was lost at sea with all hands on 14 September 1914, and its fate had remained a mystery until its discovery in December 2017. It was the first loss for the RAN and the first Allied submarine loss in World War I but ultimately a…

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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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Life’s work dedicated to finding the men of HMAS AE1

The former Royal Australian Navy senior officer who has made finding HMAS AE1 his life’s work says he will remember the moment the submarine was finally found off PNG this week with mixed emotions. The survey team in Papua New Guinea that found AE1 had not even settled into a daily rhythm before the first sign of the lost submarine emerged. Expedition leader, retired Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, said he was in his cabin as the autonomous underwater vehicle was retrieved from its first mission and the data was downloaded.…

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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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