Cruising Division: ‘Japanese Mini-Subs’

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Cruising Division: ‘Japanese Mini-Subs’

June 23 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm


Japanese Midget Submarine attack on Sydney Harbour

Noel Phelan of the National Maritime Museum is our speaker for this fascinating topic.

Every country tried to have a secret weapon that would give them an edge and help to win the war. Germany had the V1 and V2 rockets, jet planes and Adolf Hitler. Britain had RADAR, the Spitfire and Winston Churchill. The USA had the ultimate secret weapon – the atomic bomb. Australia had brave and courageous men and women.

Japan had submarines which could launch planes and carry midget submarines, providing both stealth and surprise. No other Navy had this capability. Japan also had maxi submarines that were submarine aircraft carriers. On top of that, they had kamikaze submarines – the KAITEN.

What happened in Sydney Harbour is a good example of how people react when the unexpected happens and there has been little preparation. If you thought that the Americans at Pearl Harbour misinterpreted and ignored warnings and were slow to react, wait until you hear how we handled the Japanese midget sub attack in Sydney Harbour.

Come and hear this extraordinary story now the truth can be told!

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 23 June
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start
Venue: Carabella Room, followed by dinner in the CCA – advance reservations are essential.
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up and indicate if you would like a dinner reservation in the CCA.


This event is open to Members and their guests. Members, please register via the form below.

Cruising Div 23 June 2021


June 23
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
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Carabella Room


Isabel Wartho
02 9017 0177