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The sinking of HMAS Sydney in November 1941 after engagement with the German ship Kormoran resulted in the loss of all 645 crew – one-third of all Australian sailors lost in WW II and more than the deaths of Australian servicemen in the Korean War, the Vietnam War or on the Kokoda trail.
The sinking of Sydney was Australia’s greatest maritime disaster, yet there was no formal inquiry held into the circumstances surrounding the sinking and many conspiracy theories flourished.
In March 2008, the wrecks of Sydney and Kormoran were found some 250km off the coast of Western Australia, with both ships lying in about 2500m of water. The Chief of the Australian Defence Force established a Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the sinking of Sydney.
This presentation presents the techniques used to analyse and assess the vulnerability of the ship, its structural integrity and stability, the damage control and the visualisation of the battle and post battle actions.
Dr Stuart Cannon FTSE is Research Leader: Maritime Platform Performance in the Maritime Division of Defence Science and Technology Group. He is responsible for research programs in Platform Systems Analysis and Performance, Advanced Materials and Fabrication methods, Naval Power and Energy, and ship survivability. Additionally he is responsible for all surface platform research in support of the RAN's surface fleet as well as future surface ship acquisitions.
Stuart is a member of Lloyds Register of Shipping Technical Committee and a member of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress Naval Vessel Design committee. He is an Adjunct Professor in the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics at the Australian Maritime College – University of Tasmania. In 2014 he was awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for outstanding contributions by Adjunct and honorary position holders.
Dr Cannon received a Chief of Defence Force Commendation for his work investigating the circumstances that led to the loss of HMAS Sydney.
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