Probable WWII submarine wreck found in PNG. Possibly AE1.

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  1. Florence

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    #1 Florence, Oct 27, 2011
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    Link to media release Defence News and Media » Probable WWII submarine wreck found in PNG


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    From Wikipedia - "HMAS AE1 (originally known as just AE1) was an E-class submarine of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was the first submarine to serve in the RAN, and was lost at sea with all hands near East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, on 14 September 1914, after less than seven months in service. The wreck of the submarine has never been found."

    AE1 underway.

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    Newspaper Article PNG find may be long missing submarine AE1 | thetelegraph.com.au

    So either a WW2 sub or the long lost wreck of Australias' first submarine.
    Interesting stuff.

    David.
     
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    I don't have the book any more but was this the same class Stoker too thru the straights of Turkey??? Or such?
     
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    That is so cool!
     
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    #4 Florence, Oct 27, 2011
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    That was her sister ship AE2. Her wreck was discovered in 1998, located where she was sunk off the coast of Turkey. 'AE2 was the only RAN vessel to be lost as a result of enemy action during World War I, and the two E-class submarines were the total of the RAN's operational losses in the war.' Wikipedia link- HMAS AE2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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    Brave lads to sail those early subs. Still takes a brave lad to sail in todays subs.
    Will be interesting to see what they find.

    David.
     
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    Very interesting Florence, thank you for posting. I will keep an eye on this, I'm curious as the sub's ID.
     
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    Interesting find! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    from Defence News and Media » Wreck in PNG likely to be a Japanese submarine.


    Looks like it is not going to be AE1. No doubt the experts will continue to examine whatever they can and hopefully her true identity will be revealed.
    Will be watching.

    David.
     
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    Great stuff - thanks for posting!
     
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    #9 Florence, Nov 14, 2011
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    Seems as though it might be a Japanese midget submarine. Anyhows here is a link to the 60 Minutes story titled 'Bombs Away' that covered the EOD divers of the RAN helping cleanup PNG -http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/videoindex.aspx.What a job! Nice footage of the wreck. Worth a look.

    David.
     
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