Search Reveals First Sub Lost in Great War

“AUSTRALIA’S OLDEST naval mystery has been solved”, Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said, as the first submarine to be lost in the Great War has been found, 103 years after she began her last patrol. HMAS AE1 was found in December 2017 off the coast of Papua New Guinea during the 13th search for the lost vessel, announced Payne, as she described what was “a tragedy for our then fledgling nation” and heralded the find as “one of the most significant discoveries in Australia’s naval maritime history”.

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