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  • Menin Gate Last Post, Ypres

  • Rhododendron Ridge, Gallipoli

  • Tyne Cot, Belgium

  • Villers-Bretonneux, France

First Glimpse Inside WW1 Submarine Wreck in Turkey

In the Press

More than 99 years after she fell in battle in the First World War, a project to record, preserve and tell the story of the Australian submarine HMAS AE2, lying at the bottom of Turkey's Sea of Marmara, is underway.

The remarkable history of the AE2 all began when the submarine entered the Dardanelles at 2:30 am on the morning of 25 April 1915. After torpedoing the Ottoman gunboat Peykisevket, the AE2 negotiated through the Narrows, pursued by surface vessels and passing through the perilous minefield she entered the Sea of Marmara on 26 April. The AE2 was the first Allied warship to make it through the Narrows.

AE2's mission was to "run amok" and torpedo transports bringing Ottoman reinforcements to the Gallipoli battlefields. On 30 April 2015 AE2 was attacked by an Ottoman torpedo boat Sultanhisar, hit by gunfire and scuttled by her commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Stoker. All AE2's crew were rescued by the crew of the Sultanhisar as the submarine slid silently to the sea floor.

To this day, the AE2 is one of the last untouched Gallipoli battlefield sites, and will now be protected and preserved where she fell for many https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/generique-viagra/ years to come. Interestingly, the submarine interior is in amazingly good condition, original paint, signalman's sand shoes (plimsolls) still stowed in the flag locker in the conning tower along with the flags and what we believe was the battle ensign used by Lieutenant Commander, Henry 'Dacre' Stoker, DSO, 99 years ago.

The aptly named Project 'Silent ANZAC' is a joint Australian and Turkish initiative, led by a team of scientists, divers, academics, maritime archaeologists, filmmakers, submariners and historians all working together.

Some novel solutions have been implemented to support the current expedition, including a high-definition camera and sophisticated lighting system. It has also installed a protection system around the wreck to control corrosion and a marker buoy to protect it from shipping traffic, anchors and fishing nets.

The project has also extended to the development of an education resource for primary and secondary school students - available online at www.ae2.org.au, which will ensure the AE2 story is available to younger generations of Australians.

Article Source: Media Release from dva.gov.au

Image Top Left: Australian Submarine AE2

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