AUS Navy To Commemorate Greatest Maritime Loss
Department of Defence Media Mail List
Defence Media Release
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Navy To Commemorate Greatest Maritime Loss
Memorial services will be held across Australia tomorrow to mark the 67th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Sydney II.
This year’s anniversary is of particular significance, with the wreck of HMAS Sydney II being found on 16 March 2008.
Major services will be held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, and at the HMAS Sydney II memorial in Geraldton. An at-sea service over the site of HMAS Sydney II will also be held with more than 280 relatives onboard HMAS Manoora. Poignantly, HMAS Sydney IV will also join HMAS Manoora for the service.
The reburial of the unknown sailor will also be held at the Geraldton Cemetery tomorrow.
The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral (VADM) Russ Crane, AM, CSM, RAN stressed the importance of remembering the loss tomorrow.
“The demise of HMAS Sydney II in 1941 was Australia’s greatest maritime loss, with the death of 645 men, the loss of which is still felt today,” VADM Crane said.
“These men served their country with distinction. It is important that we take the time, with their families, to honour these men who paid the ultimate price for defence of their nation.
“The story of Sydney II is an important part of our Navy’s history and heritage and we should aim to live up to her ships company’s courage and sacrifice.”
HMAS Sydney II was tragically lost 67 years ago off Western Australia following a fierce engagement with the German raider HSK Kormoran.
FURTHER INFORMATION Further information on HMAS Sydney II and the search can be found at the following links: www.navy.gov.au/spc/history/ships/sydney2.html www.findingsydney.com/search.asp