Discover the fascinating stories behind the Australian National Maritime Museum’s rich and diverse collections. Explore stories relating to Australia’s maritime heritage as well as our diverse relationship with the sea and waterways.
HMAS Armidale's (I) wartime service in the Royal Australian Navy lasted only 173 days before it was sunk off the coast of Timor. Of the 149 sailors and soldiers aboard HMAS Armidale, 49 survived the nightmare which followed.
Three navies, four aircraft carriers, 255 aircraft and 76 ships in a four-day battle that changed naval warfare forever. Eight ships sunk, 161 aircraft destroyed and 1622 men killed in a battle that should never be forgotten.