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A plaque commemorates Able Seaman Christopher Passlow, Able Seaman Hugh Markcrow and Seaman Damien Humphreys who died while they were serving in submarines in 1981 and 1987. They were the first Australian deaths at sea since World War One. 

The supply of emergency breathing air for submariners was introduced after the death of 20-year-old Able Seaman Passlow, who succumbed to a toxic gas leak on board HMAS Onslow off Sydney in March 1981.

The subsequent deaths of Able Seaman Markcrow, 25, and Seaman Humphreys, 20, who were lost overboard as HMAS Otama was submerging near Sydney Harbour in August 1987, had led to the introduction of more stringent prediving procedures.



 

Location

Address:Rockingham Beach Road, Naval Memorial Park, East Rockingham, 6168
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.262431
Long: 115.74614
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:February-2014
Front Inscription
IN MEMORY OF THE SAILORS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING ON HMA OBERON SUBMARINES 

ABUWSM Christopher Passlow - ONSLOW - 01 MAR 1981

ABUCSM Hugh Marcrow - OTAMA -03 AUG -1987

SMNMTP Damien Humphreys - OTAMA - 3 AUG 1987


At the going down of the sun 
And in the morning
We shall remember them
Lest we forget


Submarines Association Australia 
Source: MA, Paul Meakin
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