HMS J5 was a J class submarine laid down at Devonport Dockyard, and was launched in September 1915 for Royal Navy. She was commissioned in May 1916 and assigned to 11th Submarine Flotilla. She patrolled in the North Sea until the end of the Great War, and was in April 1919 given as a gift to the Royal Australian Navy. She set sail for Australian waters but broke down due to mechanical problems in the Read Sea and had to be towed the rest of the way. She finally reached Australian waters in July and was taken out of service for repairs and refits. She was stricken from the Navy lists in July 1922 due to high maintenance costs, and was scuttled outside Port Philip Heads 4. June 1926. The wreck rest today on a depth of 30 to 38 meter resting on her keel. Also see the wrecks of her sister ships HMAS J1, HMAS J2, HMAS J3, HMAS J4 and HMS J6 who was sunk by friendly fire in October 1918.

Former names:
275,5 x 23,0 x 14,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1210 displ ( surfaced )
Plymouth ( UK ) 1915
( AU )

38° 9′ 0″ S
, 144° 52′ 0″ E

Picture: HMAS J5
Courtesy of
Royal Australia Navy, Public domain
Last updated: February 2021