Wreck in PNG Likely to Be a Japanese Submarine
Underwater vision taken by the Australian Minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne shows the wreck of a submarine, 55 meters below the surface in Simpson Harbour. The wreck is partially buried in the harbour floor but remains upright.
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There had been initial media speculation that this may have been the wreck of HMAS AE 1 - Australia's first submarine, lost in waters east of Rabaul during World War I in September 1914.
The imagery obtained by HMAS Gascoyne was examined by RAN historical staff, who concluded that the wreck is not AE 1 but a Japanese submarine.
The Royal Australian Navy will now work with Japanese authorities to assist in determining the wreck's identity.
HMAS Gascoyne was taking part in Operation RENDER SAFE - the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) in the Pacific. This year, RENDER SAFE is being conducted in Rabaul over the period 18 October to 4 November.
Source : MoD Australia
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