100 Years of Australian Submarines
1914 - 2014
Submariners worldwide are a special breed, rarely understood by mere mortals and never understood by skimmers. Submariners of all nations understand this and show respect to each other, knowing the hardship and danger that each has faced to achieve membership to that elite club to which they belong.
The Association's aims and goals are: •To keep alive the unique "esprit de corps" of the Submarine Service; •To establish and maintain a charitable trust, being a welfare foundation;•To assist one another as occasion may require and to encourage social activities;•To liaise with kindred organisations, both nationally and internationally; and,•To educate members about their entitlements and provide access to Department of Veterans' Affairs advocates The Association maintains a close relationship with several overseas Submariners' Associations.Membership is open to all submariners, regardless of the navy in which they served.
On the 104th anniversary of the loss of Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1, a report released by the Australian National Maritime Museum today reveals new evidence which may finally solve the mystery behind its disappearance on 14 September 1914.
The Royal Australian Navy’s AE1 was lost at sea with all hands on 14 September 1914 and its fate remained a mystery until its discovery in December 2017 off the Duke of York Island, near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. AE1 was the first loss for the RAN and the first Allied submarine loss in WWI but ultimately a tragedy felt by all Australians.
The Report details the findings of a team of experts from the Australian National Maritime Museum, Find AE1 Ltd, Curtin University, independent experts from Australia and the UK who have closely examined high-resolution imagery of the wreck site to piece together what caused the submarine to be lost with all hands.The Defence Science and Technology Group confirmed the resultant hypothesis is consistent with the facts. Download a copy of the report by clicking here. The team has also produced a documentary covering the expedition which is available below. N.B. The documentary is rather large so we have provided two copies that can be viewed. The first one is over 3Gb in size. The second video below is around half the size at 1.5Gb and can be viewed separately.
Lower resolution version
As you may have noticed, we have been progressively merging the old Up Periscope to the SAA site. The two sites are now more than ever working together to provide full benefit to the Association and our members. Whilst the sites will still be able to be viewed separately, most of the personal content will now be posted to Up Periscope instead of both locations. http://www.submarinesaustralia.com/upperiscope2/index.html to go to the new version.
HMAS Rankin has a new video showing her trip to RIMPAC currently posted on Facebook. Instead of just sending you to there to view it, we have gone one better. Click on this link to view it here.
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"Like the destroyer, the submarine has created its own type of officer and man, with language and traditions apart from the rest of the service, and yet at the heart,unchangingly of the Service"
Rudyard Kipling, The Fringes of the Fleet, 1915
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