Gallipoli sub to be left on sea floor

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A Turkish-Australian workshop in Istanbul on options for HMAS AE2 has decided not to recommend raising the wreck, which lies in 73 metres of water in the Sea of Marmara after being scuttled in an April 1915 battle.

Underwater surveys found the submarine's hull to be in sound condition and preserved in an environment where corrosion is inhibited by prevailing conditions, AE2 Commemorative Foundation chairman Peter Briggs said.

The two-day workshop, convened by the Turkish Institute of Nautical Archaeology (TINA) and the Submarine Institute of Australia (SIA), resolved to recommend their two governments protect and preserve the AE2 where it rests.

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