Article | Updated 3 months ago
The 2015 survey expedition to uncover the secrets of the HMAS Sydney (II) has produced a mass of images and footage that document the wreck sites and reveal more about the last moments of the ship.
This new photographic evidence appears to confirm why the Sydney was so quickly disabled, leading to catastrophic damage and the devastating loss of everyone on board.
High resolution images taken by Curtin University on board DOF Subsea's vessel Skandi Protector clearly shows, for the first time, a 15cm shell hole through the bridge at the compass platform.
This new evidence provides support for the theory that within the first 30 seconds of the battle Sydney's bridge was destroyed, her command structure lost, and her ability to effectively fight back severely disabled.
When the wrecks were found in 2008 the shell hole was not obvious, presenting as a shadow in the photographs taken at the time.
Who was involved?
The $2.4 million survey expedition is supported by the Australian Government, Curtin University, DOF Subsea, the WA Museum Foundation, GMA Garnet Group and the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in WA Torsten Ketelsen, and Prospero Productions.
The project has the support of the Royal Australian Navy and the Naval Association of Australia, representing veterans' interests.