Submarine AE2

Submarine AE2

The objective of SIA Project AE2 is to protect and preserve the AE2 and tell the story of her brave crew.

HMAS AE2 was the first Allied submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles in 1915 as part of the Gallipoli Campaign, on the very morning the ANZAC soldiers landed at Anzac Cove.  After five hectic days "running amok", she finally fell to Turkish gunfire and was scuttled.  Her crew was captured and spent the rest of the war as Turkish POWs.  AE2 lay, unseen, until in 1998 she was discovered, intact, in 73m of water in the Sea of Marmara.  The SIA aims to ensure the protection, preservation and promotion of AE2, to contribute to an informed debate on her future and ensure that AE2’s contribution to the Gallipoli campaign is duly recognised by telling the story of her brave crew. 

Following Government support, implementation of the Project AE2 strategy has been assigned to the AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.  Download a brochure outlining the Foundation's plans by clicking here (PDF 412 KB).

Contact with AE2CF
CDRE Terry Roach AM RAN Rtd is point of contact for AE2 and a Director of the AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd. Click here to contact him.
Secretary of the AE2 Commemorative Foundation is Captain Ken Greig RAN Rtd.  Click here to contact him.

Image Information
The image at the top of this page is from a painting by Phil Belbin of  'AE2 running amok in the Narrows'.  It is displayed by courtesy of the Belbin family and the RAN.

Other useful sites
There is a wealth of information available on the web about HMAS AE2.  The major site is the AE2CF website here. A particularly useful and well-researched one is produced for the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs: click here to access that page.  Another site gives the official history of AE2 while the story of her discovery in 1998 can be found by clicking here.

Useful Anzac Day Presentation
A presentation summarising AE2s contribution to the Anzac Campaign can be downloaded here. (PDF 588 KB)

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