Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Report into loss of WW1 submarine HMAS AE1 is released

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mr Grant Gittus (photographer), POIS Paul Berry (video editing)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea. (photo: Unknown. Image sourced from the Naval Historical Collection.)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea.

The team that found the wreck of HMAS AE1 in December 2017 has submitted its report into the loss of Australia’s first submarine, cataloguing the successful search and outlining what has been learned.

Lost sailors remembered at annual memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, gives a brief history of the N Class Destroyers during the HMAS Nizam 73rd anniversary memorial service at Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, gives a brief history of the N Class Destroyers during the HMAS Nizam 73rd anniversary memorial service at Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia.

Sailors lost at sea from an N Class Destroyer have been remembered in an commemoration in Augusta, Western Australia.

Navy commemorates 76th anniversary of Bombing of Darwin

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), SGT Andrew Eddie (photographer)

(L-R) United States Marine Corps Major George Forbes III, Commanding Officer RAAF Darwin Wing Commander Stephen Parsons, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra Commander Viktor Pilicic, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Pickering of Headquarters Northern Command and Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier Matthew Pearse at the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. (photo: SGT Andrew Eddie)

(L-R) United States Marine Corps Major George Forbes III, Commanding Officer RAAF Darwin Wing Commander Stephen Parsons, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra Commander Viktor Pilicic, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Pickering of Headquarters Northern Command and Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier Matthew Pearse at the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Navy personnel and a patrol boat from HMAS Coonawarra have taken part in commemorations to mark the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

 

Navy talks take time to remember sacrifice

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, (left) and Deputy Chief of Navy - France, Vice-amiral d’escadre Denis Béraud lay wreaths during the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, (left) and Deputy Chief of Navy - France, Vice-amiral d’escadre Denis Béraud lay wreaths during the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial has provided a poignant reminder of the close bond between the nations of Australia and France.

Preserving the story of HMAS AE1

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT James McPherson (author), Mr Bayden Findlay (photographer), Fugro Survey (photographer)

Dr Nigel Erskine (front centre) and the Find AE1 expedition team reviewing survey data on board MV Fugro Equator. (photo: Bayden Findlay)

Dr Nigel Erskine (front centre) and the Find AE1 expedition team reviewing survey data on board MV Fugro Equator.

As the investigation begins into the final moments of the Royal Australian Navy’s first submarine HMAS AE1, moves are also afoot to educate the public on the submarine's importance to Australia's wartime history.

Garden Island - where conservation meets capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

The shore line from Beacon Head to Entrance Point on Garden Island, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

The shore line from Beacon Head to Entrance Point on Garden Island, Western Australia.

There is often something charming about an older building, but if one truly feels like it might be from another century, it may be time to consider some improvements. But what happens when heritage value and modern warfare combine?

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

Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mr Bayden Findlay (photographer)

Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Ret'd) reciting the Naval Ode at the commemorative service over the final resting place of HMAS AE1. (photo: Bayden Findlay)

Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Ret'd) reciting the Naval Ode at the commemorative service over the final resting place 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.

New image sheds new light on AE1’s final resting place

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), Fugro Surveying Services (photographer)

Image of HMAS AE1 compiled with information gathered using a multi-beam echo-sounder which conducted a bathymetric survey using a sophisticated autonomous underwater vehicle. (photo: Fugro)

Image of HMAS AE1 compiled with information gathered using a multi-beam echo-sounder which conducted a bathymetric survey using a sophisticated autonomous underwater vehicle.

This haunting new image of the Royal Australian Navy’s first submarine HMAS AE1 is providing researchers with valuable new clues about the final moments of the boat and her 35 crew.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS AE1 located after 103 years

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After 103 years since her loss, HMAS AE1 was located in waters off the Duke of York Island group in Papua New Guinea. (photo: Fugro Survey)

After 103 years since her loss, HMAS AE1 was located in waters off the Duke of York Island group in Papua New Guinea.

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.

History and heraldry by design

Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

'The Badger' Mr Paul Burnett shows how the HMAS Darwin badge was designed and some of the finer details that are involved with the history of the badge. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

'The Badger' Mr Paul Burnett shows how the HMAS Darwin badge was designed and some of the finer details that are involved with the history of the badge.

With the Royal Australian Navy undergoing it’s biggest refresh since the Second World War, and a number of ships commissioning and decommissioning, it’s time to investigate ships’ badges.