Action Stations

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Action Stations

Submerge yourself in the history of the Royal Australian Navy, and two of its star vessels

Action Stations is the Maritime Museum's newest exhibit: a $12-million audio visual experience that submerges you in the past and present workings of two of their star vessels: the ex-navy destroyer HMAS Vampire and submarine HMAS Onslow.

The centrepiece of the exhibit is a '70s-set short film depicting life on the two vessels, displayed in Ultra HD and with 10.1 surround sound in a custom-built walk-through theatre that features a 14-metre-long floor-to-ceiling screen. Shot on the contemporary missile frigate HMAS Darwin, the film stars more than 60 current naval servicemen.

The other key component is an interactive discovery space, where visitors can explore different elements of the history and current role of the Royal Australian Navy by activating audio-visual content on touchscreen displays.

The pièce de résistance, of course, is the vessels themselves, which have been re-activated with new projections, soundscapes and lighting.

Action Stations was developed to mark the centenary of WWI and to commemorate over 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy.

Entry is part of the ANMM's Big Ticket.

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