A tee to commemorate the Finding of H.M.A.S. Sydney
HMAS Sydney was a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) between 1934 and 1941. Sydney had great success in the first years of World War II, but controversy and mystery surrounded the loss of the battle-hardened ship and her crew in November 1941.4 Her sinking with all hands represents the greatest ever loss of life in an Australian warship; Sydney was also the largest Allied vessel of any country to be lost with all hands during the war.
She was classified by the RAN as a Modified Leander class cruiser, although these ships are sometimes known as the “Perth class” or the “Amphion class”. As Sydney was originally intended for the Royal Navy, she was known as HMS Phaeton for part of her construction. The ship was bought by the Australian government and renamed before she was launched.
After years of searching, the wreckage of the German vessel that sank HMAS Sydney, the auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, was found on 12 March 2008. On 17 March 2008 the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the wreck of HMAS Sydney had also been discovered, on 16 March 2008. Sydney was found 150 kilometres (81 nmi) from Shark Bay, Western Australia and 22.6 kilometres (12.2 nmi) from the Kormoran.
P.S. the small face peeking out midde bottom is my father..]