Uncharted Submarine Wreck

#1
Firstly, not too sure where to place this topic, either Australian, Navy, or this Forum. Mods do what you will.

Uncharted submarine wreck found off PNG - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Uncharted sub wreck.jpg

The Royal Australian Navy is investigating a wreck found off Papua New Guinea which could be a World War II submarine.
The uncharted wreck was discovered in Simpson Harbour by a New Zealand navy survey ship and Australian minehunter HMAS Gascoyne.
The area was known for submarine operations during World War II.
Officials from the US, Japan, PNG and New Zealand have been informed of the discovery, and work is being done to identify the type and origin of the vessel.
The Australian and New Zealand navies were taking part in Operation Render Safe at the time the wreck was found.
The operation is part of the Australian Defence Force's contribution to enduring explosive ordnance disposal support to the nations of the south-west Pacific.
I'm hopeful that the submarine will be identified so that living NOK, and/or descendants will be able to have comfort that their son/husband has been laid to rest.

RIP
 
#3
Is it certain it's a World War II sub? Simpson Harbour was used by the Australian Naval and Military expedition which occupied the German territory of Rabaul in 1914. During the operations in those waters an E-class Australian submarine HMAS AE1 disappeared without trace. The 35 man crew which went down with the AE1 were Australia's first major loss of World War I. It would be nice to able to settle their fate after all this time.
 
#4
Is it certain it's a World War II sub? Simpson Harbour was used by the Australian Naval and Military expedition which occupied the German territory of Rabaul in 1914. During the operations in those waters an E-class Australian submarine HMAS AE1 disappeared without trace. The 35 man crew which went down with the AE1 were Australia's first major loss of World War I. It would be nice to able to settle their fate after all this time.
Well picked bush chook, either way it will be interesting for the outcome, especially for descendants/NOK.

As an aside:

HMAS AE1 - Royal Australian Navy

Last known position of Submarine AE1:

668px-Duke_of_Your_Group_chart_with_AE1_last_observed_position.jpg
 
#6
As I said in the other post on this matter, it really is a little overwhelming that they found her. I'm really, really pleased that they have, this has been excellent news.
 

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