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The Story of the KRAIT


Wed 15 Dec, 2021, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Zoom Presentation: Wednesday, 1100, 15th. December, 2021


The story of KRAIT is one of extraordinary bravery, endurance and secrecy. Operation Jaywick involved the KRAIT and is considered to be the most daring and successful seaborne raid in military history. This is a story of a Japanese fishing boat that transported a group of commandos from Exmouth in WA to an island 50 miles from Singapore and back. The commandos then paddled their folboats at night from island to island to attach limpet mines to Japanese ships in Singapore harbour. The paddling was done at night to avoid detection. 7 Japanese ships were sunk – 37,000 tons. The commandos were 1,000 miles and 3 weeks behind enemy lines. This raid was kept secret for many years and had terrible consequences for innocent people. KRAIT has now been restored and brought back to the configuration used during the raid on Singapore. Please join us and learn about the training required, the equipment used, the challenges they had to overcome and how they managed to get over 1,000 miles behind enemy territory and back undetected.

Presenter – Noel Phelan

Noel Phelan’s first career was as a science and mathematics teacher. He then moved into IT with IBM as a systems engineer and spent 25 years in various technical and management positions. He has been a volunteer guide at the Maritime Museum for several years and enjoys showing visitors over HMAS Vampire, HMAS Advance, HMAS Onslow and First Lady. Noel is also the team leader for the museum speakers. Noel is a Past President of the Northbridge Rotary club and he is an active volunteer in retirement with sailability and sailing captain of his sailing club. Noel also served as a director of Taldumande – the organisation that looks after homeless and at risk young people north of the harbour. He also spent several years with Marine Rescue and the Rural Fire Service. Noel has also organised a speakers program for the Navy Historical Society where the presentations are delivered by ZOOM to the 400 members around Australia. He fulfilled a boyhood dream to fly a WW II fighter by flying a SPITFIRE at The Imperial War Museum at Duxford in the UK recently.


Date and Time: 1100, Wednesday 15th. December 2021 (Sydney time)

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Wed 15 Dec, 2021
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Naval Historical Society of Australia
02 93592243
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