Navies Gather to Remember the Battle of Sydney

March 26, 2019 – A quiet and solemn ceremony was recently held at HMAS Kuttabul to commemorate and honour the lives lost in May 1942, when Japanese midget submarines launched an attack in Sydney. The Commanding Officer of the visiting Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force icebreaker JS Shirase came together with the Japanese Naval Attaché to Australia and the Executive Officer of HMAS Kuttabul to remember the event and lay wreaths at the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial. The three officers, Captain Koji Miyazaki, Captain Shinsuke Amano and Commander Michael Nipperess also laid…

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Heritage dock delivers for future fleet

The drydock at Garden Island in Sydney is one of Defence’s oldest pieces of infrastructure. So what happens there? At the time of its construction, the naval dry dock in Sydney Harbour was the largest and most complex engineering task ever undertaken in Australia, surpassed only by the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme in the 1950s. Officially known as the Captain Cook Graving Dock, the facility has been in operation since 1945 and is an impressive 345 metres by 45 metres, 14 metres deep and holds around 260 million liters of…

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