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HMAS Sydney 
17th-Mar-2008 11:11 pm
Arcadia
Thanks to baby_elvis for the heads up on this: the wreck of HMAS Sydney (II) has been found.

I hope the families of the fallen can now find closure but...

....Sometimes I get very tired of the obsession with the HMAS Sydney. I don't want to lessen the tragedy but it always seems to drown out or hide the other stories of the Royal Australian Navy that also deserve, indeed need, to be remembered.

Not many people seem to remember that many of the RAN's other cruisers also met with a nasty fate in WWII. HMAS Canberra was lost at the Battle of Savo Island, HMAS Perth went down fighting (hard) in the Sunda Strait (and many of her survivors later died as POWs), HMAS Australia (II) held the (admittedly dubious) distinction of the most kamikaze hits taken by any ship.

There are so many stories of the RAN in WWII that should be heard more often, such as Edward (Teddy) Sheean's and I have to admit I'm hoping that these stories will get told more often in future. The RAN's section of the WWII Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial tells a grim tale indeed and HMAS Sydney is only part of it.
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17th-Mar-2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
I'm right with you on that one. It's an incredible history, not just the RAN but the merchant navy as well. Having a father who was a member of the RAN means that i have grown up with this history.

Here's a little anecdote - when under fire, the captain of the hobart would lie on the deck and watch the direction of incoming fire (torpedos?) and give the orders about where to steer to avoid it. She never took a hit.

We should also remember the submariners - who went out not expecting to return.
17th-Mar-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Here's a little anecdote - when under fire, the captain of the hobart would lie on the deck and watch the direction of incoming fire (torpedos?) and give the orders about where to steer to avoid it. She never took a hit.

Priceless! Although it would be better to say never took a hit intended for the Hobart - wikipedia seems to think she took one meant for the Australia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS_Hobart_%281939%29

We should also remember the submariners - who went out not expecting to return.

Amen.
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