This is HUGE!
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed searchers have found the wreck of HMAS Sydney off the West Australian coast, solving Australia's greatest naval mystery.
The Sydney sunk in November 1941 after a battle with the German raider the Kormoran, killing all 645 crew on board.
This morning searchers from the Finding Sydney Foundation confirmed they had found the wreckage of the Sydney, less than 24 hours after finding the wreckage of the Kormoran.
The Kormoran was found about 100 nautical miles off Steep Point, more than two kilometres below the ocean's surface, and the Sydney was found just 10 nautical miles west.
The Australian ship is more than two kilometres below the surface of the sea but the Finding Sydney Foundation says it is upright and largely intact. The location of the Sydney tallies with eye witness reports from German sailors who survived the sinking of the Kormoran.
Mr Rudd says interim protection declarations will be put in place for both vessels and has stressed that they are both war graves. "The Australian Government hopes that the discovery of HMAS Sydney brings some closure to the families of the 645 Defence Force personnel who lost their lives bravely in this naval action in World War II," he said.
Les Dwyer from the Naval Association of Australia says Australia's most enduring naval mystery has been solved. "This is without doubt, in terms of the Navy and our history, the most significant find ever," he said.
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