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Search for HMAS Sydney

The HMAS Sydney was sunk off West Australian’s coast by the German raider Kormoran in 1941. An international crew of 30 will search an area of 1,800 square nautical miles, due west of Dirk Hartog Island. Australia’s greatest maritime mystery claimed the lives of the cruiser’s 645 crew. The Finding Sydney Foundation raised $5 million to mount the operation. Project manager Patrick Flynn says the search area has been defined by examination of historical records and there is a high degree of confidence in success. The focus is on finding the Kormoran first. The loss of the Sydney often overshadowed the sacrifice the sailors made for Australia, he said. ‘It’s certainly our intention if we find either or both wrecks we will be commemorating those crews and having a short service on behalf of the relatives of both the German and Australian crews, Lieutenant Perryman said. Of the 390 crew from the German ship, 341 were rescued.

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