HMAS AE-1

Papua New Guinea,Asia

The Australian submarine AE-1 was the first of two E class light submarines built in England for the Australian navy and launched 22.May 1913. After only seven months in service she disappeared under a patrol north of Australia, and despite attempts to locate the submarine her fate remained a mystery. In December 2017 the wreck was found, and in March the year after the wreck was filmed on approx 300 meter north of Duke of York Islands. Also see her sistership HMAS AE-2.


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HMAS AE-1

55,2 x 6,9 x 3,9 m
     
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599 displ ( surfaced ) Barrow in Furness ( UK ) 1913  ( AU )

Picture: Last known photo of HMAS AE-1
Courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy
Navy.gov.au
Underwater Video
"Australia’s first submarines, the AE1 and the AE2 , were launched in 1913 and were manned by composite Australian and British crews. At the outbreak of the First World War, the AE1 and the AE2 were sent from Sydney to German New Guinea with the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force and helped to capture the German colony. On 14 September, a day after the official German surrender of the colony, the AE1, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Thomas Besant, left Rabaul harbour to patrol Cape Gazelle, and never returned. The AE2, commanded by Lieutenant Commander H. S. Stoker, achieved fame for its operations in the Dardanelles. The AE2 was ordered to sail through the Dardanelles, and disrupt Turkish shipping in the Sea of Marmora. No other submarine had yet managed to breach the Turkish defences, but in the early hours of 25 April 1915, the AE2 got past minefields and land-based guns, and after torpedoing a Turkish destroyer, it reached the Sea of Marmora. The AE2 remained at large for five more days before sustaining irreparable damage while under heavy fire. Stoker was forced to sink the submarine and surrender"