Monday, 29 November 2021 12:35 GMT

Australian submarine found after years of search


(MENAFN) After a 103-year search, the ruin of Australia's first naval submarine has been found.

The HMAS AE-1 was the first Allied submarine lost in World War One, disappearing off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea with 35 Australian and British crewmates onboard in 1914.

The 13th search mission for the submarine discovered it in waters off the Duke of York islands in Papua New Guinea, which solves Australia's oldest naval mystery.

Defence Minister said: "This is one of the most significant discoveries in Australia's naval maritime history, it was the first loss for the Royal Australian Navy and the first Allied submarine loss in World War One; a significant tragedy felt by our nation and our allies."

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