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Australia Finds Wreck of First Allied Submarine to Sink in WW I

first Allied vessel to sink during World War One, while patrolling for German warships in 1914, in circumstances that have never been established.   The Australian Navy and several private bodies found the final resting place of the vessel’s 35 crew on their 13th attempt, Defence Minister Marise Payne told media.   The submarine’s disappearance “was a tragedy for our then fledgling nation,” Payne said, adding that a small commemorative service was held aboard the survey ship that found the wreck and authorities were trying to contact the crew’s descendants.  

Australia’s first Navy submarine HMAS AE1 went missing more than 100 years ago off of what is now Papua New Guinea. To this day its location remains unknown. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Joins Hunt for Long-lost WWI Sub

to locate this piece of Australian history and enable proper commemoration.   The Australian Government said it would match private investment to fund the expedition to search for HMAS AE1 and its crew of Australian, New Zealand and British personnel. Minister for Defense, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, said the government would provide $500,000 to allow Find AE1 Ltd to proceed.   “HMAS AE1 is one of the world’s great maritime mysteries, and this expedition will be one of the most comprehensive searches for the submarine,” Minister Payne said. “The Government is

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) survey ship HMAS Melville located the submerged aircraft (File photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Crashed US Military Aircraft Found off Australian Coast

An Australian Navy survey ship has located a U.S. military aircraft that crashed off the Australian northeast coast at the weekend and left three Marines missing, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Monday.   The navy divers will conduct remotely operated underwater vehicle operations before considering sending down divers, Payne said in a statement.   The U.S. Marine Corps had suspended a search for the three Marines missing since the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed while on regular operations on Saturday. The Marines have described the incident as a "mishap" and

Australian Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne Photo RAN

Australia, France Meet to focus on Future Submarine Program

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and her French counterpart, Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, today agreed to strengthen the Australia-France defence relationship by establishing formal annual Australia-France Defence Ministers meetings.   Minister Payne said Australia and France have a close and long-standing Defence relationship, based on shared interests in contributing to the rules-based global order and strong cooperation in the Pacific.   “Building on these links, and in light of the cooperation that we will have for decades to come under the Future Submarine

Combat System Integrator for Future Submarines

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and the Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced that Lockheed Martin Australia has been selected as the preferred Combat System Integrator for Australia's Future Submarine Program, subject to further discussion on commercial matters.   Minister Payne said this is an important step in the development of Australia’s regionally superior future submarines. “Lockheed Martin Australia will be our Combat System Integrator to partner with Defence and DCNS to design and integrate the combat system of

HMAS Tobruk (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australian Naval Vessels to Become Dive Wrecks

Decommissioned Australian naval vessels ex-HMA Ships Tobruk and Sydney,will be offered for the creation of dive wrecks, announced Defense Minister Senator Marise Payne.   After decades of invaluable service in the Royal Australian Navy, Tobruk and Sydney were decommissioned in July 2015 and November 2015 respectively.    Tobruk was used extensively during regional peacekeeping and humanitarian operations as well as border protection in Northern Australia. Sydney was deployed to the Persian Gulf on five occasions in support of operations during the Gulf War, War in Afghanistan and

Australia Moves Forward its Submarine Program

Evaluation of Australia’s Future Submarine program proposals will now commence with all three potential international partners submitting their proposals in full, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne announced.   “The Government’s Competitive Evaluation Process remains on schedule with Defence receiving submissions from DCNS of France, TKMS of Germany, and the Government of Japan by the 30 November 2015 closing deadline,’’ Senator Payne said.    “Since the CEP began in February, all three participants have worked closely with Defence

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