The Australian submarine AE-2 was sunk by her own crew 29. April in the Dardanelle's outside the Turkish coastline After a heroic journey and active duty where they among other things managed to sink a Turkish destroyer, the submarine was scuttled by her own crew after having received severe damage. 29. April 1915 the submarine disappeared in the deep, and Lieutenant Commander H. S. Stoker and his crew of Australian and British men ended as prisoners of war for the rest of the war. The wreck of AE-2 was found in 1998, and the wreck rest today on her keel, partly buried in the sand on a depth of 72 meter northeast of Canakkale. Alse see the sistership HMAS AE-1 which was found in 2017 at Papua New Guinea.

Former names:

55,2 x 6,9 x 3,9 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
599 displ ( surfaced ) Barrow in Furness ( UK ) 1913  ( AU )

Picture: HMAS AE-2
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"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"