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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sydney Day 3 : Maritime Museum

Forgot about the Maritime Museum that we went in Day 3 and continued to Day 4 !
So here is it !

Our actual plan was to visit the museum on the second day but... there wasn't even time.
You know like everything closes at 6 :(

In fact on the third day , we had to runnnnnnnn to get in to the exhibit and our belongings were stuck in the maritime museum cause they had closed. Thank god for a kind staff that still inside and willing to help us. We didn't go for the exhibits in the museum cause it was Titanic at that time) and another one of the heritage or something. 

We went for the historic vessels where it was our first time entering a submarine ! 
So this is us, waiting for our turn to get into the submarine.
They control the number of people to be in the submarine, about 10 at a time.

 The submarine - HMAS Onslow, Oberon class submarine , 1968
Onslow was commissioned during the Cold War, a tense time that called for a submarine to watch, listen and collect information without detection. The most secretive work was tracking Soviet submarines moving into the Arabian Gulf from Vladivostok via the Coral Sea and the Great Australian Bight.
With five other Oberons, Onslow gave the Royal Australian Navy a formidable submarine force. The motto of the navy's submarine arm is "Strength, silence, surprise". This explains many of Onslow's characteristics, including:
  • a diving chamber for Special Forces to leave the boat for covert operations
  • a gash ejector containing weighted rubbish (gash) bags. When ejected, the bags sink to the ocean floor so no debris floats to give away the submarine's position
  • soundproofing on all equipment to make Oberons one of the quietest submarines ever built.
Onslow has traveled the equivalent of more than 16 times around the world, serving Australia with quiet distinction for 30 years.
According : Source

Group pic on top of the submarine !!!!
into the submarine !

Cooking Kitchen

There are friendly guides around the submarine so feel free to clear any of your doubts with them !

Next on, we also went on to the Destroyer- HMAS Vampire , 1956

HMAS Vampire, Australia's largest museum vessel, is the last of the country's big gun ships. After this, Australia's fighting ships were equipped with missile weaponry. The Daring class were the largest destroyers built in Australia. These powerful, fast ships were designed principally for the machinery and weapons of war. One look at the cramped living spaces onboard and you will see that comfort came a poor second!
Vampire served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1959 to 1986. Its arsenal included:
  • three twin turrets housing 4.5" guns (still in place)
  • anti-aircraft guns (still in place)
  • torpedo launchers
  • anti-submarine mortars.
Despite this armament, Vampire had a peaceful career, even while escorting troops to Vietnam in the 1960s. In 1977, Vampire had a brush with royalty as the RAN escort for HMY Britannia during the Queen's Silver Jubilee tour of Australia. In 1980, it was refitted as a RAN training ship.
According : Source 

The submarine view from the top deck of the destroyer.
Common dining area.
They have a freaking library on a ship !!!!!


Enjoying the view around after the exhibits.

Address and opening hours

2 Murray Street
Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000
We're open every day 9.30 am - 5.00 pm (6.00 pm in January)
Closed 25 December (Christmas Day)

That's all folks!
Till next time !


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