Last week, more than 103 years after the AE1 disappeared, a search vessel named the Furgro Equator launched the latest search for the submarine. The sunken AE1 was discovered in about 300 meters of water near the Duke of York Islands, east of Rabaul.
The Furgro Equator crew held a small ceremony after finding the submarine.
The find was applauded by Australia's Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Australian War Memorial Director Dr. Brendan Nelson.
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"Now we can properly mourn the deaths of those men who served in AE1, and commemorate their sacrifice in a meaningful and fitting way," Nelson said in a statement. "I know that the descendants of the crew will feel comfort in knowing the final resting place of their family members is now known and will be protected."
Efforts will now begin to find descendants of those killed in the AE1 wreck.
The Australian National Maritime Museum will use the research to determine what happened to the AE1.
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