• HMAS Yarra moves into position near the Montevideo Maru Memorial, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, in preparation for the AE1 commemoration being held there on 14 September 2014, 100 years after the submarine went missing. Credit: Defence
    HMAS Yarra moves into position near the Montevideo Maru Memorial, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, in preparation for the AE1 commemoration being held there on 14 September 2014, 100 years after the submarine went missing. Credit: Defence
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Philip Smart | Adelaide

RADM Briggs, former Royal Australian Navy submariner and now Chairman of the Find AE1 organisation, accepted an offer of space aboard a vessel conducting survey work in the New Britain region off Papua New Guinea’s north coast, where the submarine is believed to have sunk in September 1914.

He used the sea time to test a wide band sonar system at depths similar to that at which AE1 is expected to be found, and also positively identified a survey anomaly on the sea bed as being a geographical feature, ruling out a potential site for the submarine.

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