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Centenary of RAN Submarine Loss Commemorated

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September 15, 2014

Rabaul, PNG RAN ceremony

Rabaul, PNG RAN ceremony

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) informs it has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the disappearance of its first submarine, 'HMAS AE1', with memorial services in Papua New Guinea and across Australia.

In a ceremony held in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, close to where the ship was last seen, Navy members, local dignitaries, traditional land owners and descendants of the crew gathered to remember the ship lost on 14 September 1914.

Director of Navy Submarine Capability Commodore Peter Scott, CSC, RAN officiated in a service held on the shores of Simpson Harbour.

“As the first ship loss for the fledgling Royal Australian Navy and the first Allied submarine loss in the First World War, the impact was felt in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom,” Commodore Scott said.
“Her final resting place is still unknown, but being here where she was last seen is important to the relatives of those onboard, as well as to historians and current serving personnel.”

On 14 September 1914, HMAS Parramatta and AE1 left Blanche Bay together to patrol off Cape Gazelle. Parramatta returned; AE1 did not.  Three officers and 32 sailors perished in one of the most persistent mysteries of Australian naval history.
The crew consisted of 18 Australians, 16 British and one New Zealander. The service and sacrifice of these men who remain on eternal patrol will never be forgotten.
Pictured: The Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band led the crew from HMAS Yarra in a march through the streets of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, which culminated in a Ceremony for the 100th Anniversary of the disappearance of Australian Submarine HMAS AE1, held at the Montevideo Maru Memorial, Rabaul.


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