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Celebrating Sub Culture: Congratulations to the Royal Australian Navy on 100 years of submarine service.


23rd May 2014

AE1 and AE2 have proudly made their mark in RAN history.  Within five months of arriving in Sydney both submarines were deployed on wartime patrols off German New Guinea, highlighting the critical role of submarines in the defence of Australia.  AE2 further distinguished herself in 1915 supporting the Gallipoli campaign and created history when she was the first submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles Strait.

SIA acknowledges the lives lost, and the dedication of the men and women who have served in submarines in defence of Australia.

“Their dedication and devotion, at times in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, is a testament to the unique character of Australians and something that we can take great pride in,” said Peter Horobin, SIA president and former submarine commanding officer 

“The vital role and contribution of submarines and submariners to Australia's defence over the last century cannot be underestimated.

“It is important we recognise this and back continued investment in submarines for the next 100 years, given the shifting geo-political environment in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We support the government’s commitment to building 12 highly capable, long range submarines, which will provide strategic capability to aid Australia’s future security and prosperity.”



Nathan Quigley
Professional Public Relations
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M: 0409 527 163 
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