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HMAS Sydney II memorial service

16 April 2008

Some 207km (112 nm) off Steep Point on the Western Australian coast, Navy Principal Chaplain Eric Burton, RAN, conducted a moving service over the site where HMAS Sydney II now rests after she was lost 66 years earlier.

During the service wreaths were laid including one laid by 5 family representatives of the crew of Sydney II. The Last Post and Reveille was played with a minute silence observed in honour of the 645 crew.

A commemorative cartridge was placed into the ocean over the Sydney II site by the family representatives and Chief of Navy.

The Service in HMAS Anzac was witnessed by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, AO, CSC, RAN; the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, The Hon Warren Snowdon, MP; the German Ambassador, His Excellency Martin Lutz; Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, The Hon Bob Baldwin, MP; along with relatives of the crew of Sydney II, Directors of the Finding Sydney Foundation and other invited guests.

Following the service, Anzac sailed approximately 22km (12nm) to the site of the wreck of the German Raider HSK Kormoran, where Principal Chaplain Burton led another service, in honor of the German Sailors.

The wreck of the HMAS Sydney II was found by the Finding Sydney Foundation on 16th March 2008 at a depth of approximately 2,468 metres. The wreck of the HSK Kormoran was found by the Finding Sydney Foundation on 12th March 2008 approximately 22km (12 nm) from the Sydney II at a depth of approximately 2,560 metres.