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    WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    Just read about this and thought I would share. This would be the pinnacle of diving for me being I'm a WWII history buff. This would be an amazing dive. Does anyone have any idea of the depth of this thing?

    Australia to allow diving on Japanese WWII sub - Yahoo! News Philippines

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    Re: WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    No idea on the actual location or specific depth of the wreck but according to this site, it should not be deeper than 43 m....:

    OzCoasts Habitat Mapping: The benthic environments of Sydney Harbour, New South Wales

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    Re: WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    I read somewhere its between 50-55m deep

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    Re: WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    We are all waiting to hear what conditions and permit requirements are going to be placed on diving it but I'm sure we will hear something soon.

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    Re: WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    Trial Access Program to M24 Japanese Midget Submarine wreck announced



    NSW Government to initiate a trial recreational diver pilot access program at M24 Japanese midget submarine wreck (1942).

    The NSW Minister for Heritage, The Hon Robyn Parker MP, announced that the NSW Government will trial a dive access Open Day event at the archaeological site of the M24 Japanese midget submarine later in 2012.

    The nationally significant wreck site lies in 54 metres off Bungan Head, Newport, on Sydneys Northern Beaches, Australia. M24 was discovered by the recreational diver group No Frills Divers in 2006 and was the third and missing Type A Ko-hyoteki Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) midget submarine deployed in the covert attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942.

    The announcement was made at the unveiling of a coastal heritage plaque to M24 at the North Mona Vale Headland Reserve, Mona Vale, Sydney, on Monday 28 May 2012. The event coincided with the start of several commemoration services to mark the 70th anniversary of the midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942, and the 21 Allied sailors killed in the destruction of the HMAS Kuttabul depot ferry, and the 6 Japanese submariners from their three attack craft.

    The trial access project will run over 2-3 days later in the year via a diver ballot system. Specifics of the ballot will be provided via the NSW Heritage Branch web site in coming weeks (Heritage Branch Website - Listing Heritage Items - State Heritage Register - Item View). The Open Day concept is in line with the Commonwealth National Historic Shipwrecks Program that promotes access to our unique underwater cultural heritage sites wherever possible, as long as that access is respectful to the sites values, archaeological significance, and environmental setting.

    The Japanese Government supports the trail access program with consultation including discussion with the Japanese families of the two crew lost within the submarine, Ban Katsuhisa and Ashibe Mamoru. The Australian Federal Government through the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities has strongly supported the negotiations.

    It is envisaged that between 50-100 divers may access the unique M24 site during the first trial. Strict controls will be in place such as no anchoring within the Protected Zone, no touching or disturbance of the site in any way, on site presence of NSW State Government Maritime Archaeologists, and real time imaging of divers visiting the site via ROV. All divers that are successful in this first ballot will be required to attend a heritage seminar that will provide details of the site, its heritage values, and the access conditions.

    The Heritage Branch expects a strong level of interest in the program, which if successful, may be rolled out annually or more regularly depending on the National and possible international diver interest. M24 contains the remains of its crew of two. All visitors must respect the War Dead and sanctity of the human remains.

    Limited and controlled public access to the site is considered viable now, following the conclusion of a range of critical archaeological and environmental assessments of the M24 wreck site. The NSW State Heritage Branch, together with the Commonwealth Government, have been awarded the prestigious UNESCO Asia Pacific 2009 Award of Distinction for the management of the sensitive military site, commended by UNESCO for setting a new global benchmark in the application of heritage law and conservation practice to protect shipwreck sites and demonstrating best practice in the application of UNESCOs guidelines for the protection of underwater cultural heritage.

    The Open Day trial will be evaluated and a decision will be made on continuing it based on the response by divers to this unique and special opportunity.

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    See sample media:

    Depths of knowledge: divers to explore secrets of submarine site | smh.com.au

    NSW News

    Underwater tomb opened to divers | News.com.au

    Divers to Explore Underwater Japanese Grave Site - JIJI PRESS

    Japanese and Australian sailors remebered - Photos - The Manly Daily

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    Re: WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    If anyone gets to dive this thing and gets pics, PLEASE POST them for those poor saps who won't get the chance! I'll live vicariously through you.

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    Re: WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    baz from southern cross told me he has previosuly dove this (or put divers down) under supervision of nsw heritage.

    50-100 divers over 2-3days? sounds a bit much for a such a tiny wreck.

    it should also be only open to shops that run regular technical boats - as usual nsw government bungling the shit out of something. the guys who found this were single tank divers. i wonder how many padi deep spec divers will be allowed to dive to this site?

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    Re: WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    So only midgets will be able to dive it?

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    Re: WWII Midget sub in Aus to be open for diving

    Quote Originally Posted by s115  View Original Post
    baz from southern cross told me he has previosuly dove this (or put divers down) under supervision of nsw heritage.

    50-100 divers over 2-3days? sounds a bit much for a such a tiny wreck.

    it should also be only open to shops that run regular technical boats - as usual nsw government bungling the shit out of something. the guys who found this were single tank divers. i wonder how many padi deep spec divers will be allowed to dive to this site?
    So this is true I also heard the same.

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