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Finding HMAS Sydney Chapter 7 - Search Debate 2004 2008


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Finding HMAS Sydney Chapter 7 - Search Debate 2004 2008

  1. 1. HMAS Sydney II: End caps of torpedo tubes Copyright: Australian War Memorial. History of the Search Definition Debate inside the Finding Sydney Foundation (2001-2008) 7
  2. 2. Mearns (2004a, 2004b) Red rectangle is Search Box recommended for Kormoran by Mearns (2004) Mearns (2004): Positions and Search Box for Kormoran recommended during presentations to: The West Australian Maritime Museum (Mearns, 2004a) The Directors of the FSF (Mearns, 2004b) Position of Kormoran established by FSF (2008) Red circles are search positions recommended for Kormoran by Mearns (2004)
  3. 3. 111° East 26° South Mearns 3 Mearns 1 Kirsner & Dunn (2004) Mearns 2 (2) Positions recommended by David Mearns at a meeting with FSF Directors Keith Rowe and Kim Kirsner, as recorded by Keith Rowe (December, 2004) Position established for Kormoran in 2008
  4. 4. (3) Search positions and search boxes recommended by the FSF (2004/5) and David Mearns in 2004/5, 2007 and 2008 Mearns (2008) Search Box adopted for Kormoran FSF (2005) Recommended Search Box for Kormoran Kirsner & Dunn (2004) Predicted position of Kormoran Mearns (2004; FSF, 2005) Predicted position of Kormoran Mearns (2004; FSF, 2005) Predicted position of Kormoran Mearns (2004; FSF, 2005) Recommended Search Box for Kormoran Mearns (FSF, 2007) Recommended Search Box for Kormoran FSF (2008) Position of Kormoran
  5. 5. (4) Search tracks followed by the FSF / David Mearns in 2008 Mearns / FSF (2008) Search box adopted for Kormoran Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Mearns / FSF (2008) Observed position of Kormoran Kirsner & Dunn (2004); FSF (2005-7) Recommended position and search box for Kormoran
  6. 6. Cole Commission The position of Kormoran provided by Kirsner and Dunn in 2004 was adopted and published in FSF PowerPoint displays used for presentations to the Commonwealth, the states, the RAN, and corporate and private donors during 2005, 2006 and early 2007. A paper and the Kormoran Database were provided to the Cole Commission of Inquiry in 2008 at the request of the Commission. The material was prepared for defence under oath.
  7. 7. Accountability If consideration is extended to the RAN, corporate search projects, the Cole Commission, and the funds provided to the FSF , expenditure on the search for Kormoran and Sydney was c. $15M. Australian universities receive hundreds of millions of dollars for research, and they encourage their staff to engage in outreach projects including work for the Museums as well as organizations such as the Finding Sydney Foundation . Perhaps understandably, Australian scientists and universities expect to be recognized for the contribution. In the search for Sydney, Australian scientists got the position right more than three years before the Chief of Navy ‘advised’ the FSF to hire David Mearns.