HMS Olympus was an Odin-class submarine designed for the Royal Australian Navy to conduct patrols across vast distances in the Pacific Ocean. From 1931 to 1939, Olympus served as part of the fourth fleet in China, and from 1939 to 1940, it was assigned to the eighth fleet in Ceylon. Beginning in 1940, it was deployed in the Mediterranean Sea.
On 7 July 1940, while docked in the port of Malta, Olympus was targeted by Italian aircraft and bombed. After undergoing repairs for over four months, the submarine resumed its operations in the Mediterranean Sea. On 8 May 1942, while en route from Malta to Gibraltar with its crew and survivors from the sunken submarines Pandora P3 and P39, Olympus struck a mine and sank. Tragically, only nine out of the 98 individuals on board survived the incident.
The wreck of HMS Olympus was discovered in 2008, and in 2011 its identity was officially confirmed. Resting at a depth of 115 metres, the approximately eighty-metre long wreck remains remarkably well-preserved despite the damage caused by the mine. Exploring the site offers a unique opportunity to witness this historical artifact and pay homage to the brave individuals who served aboard HMS Olympus during World War II.
- Delicate and protected marine flora
- War Grave