A 77-metre-long monument to honour the heroism of Teddy Sheean VC could be installed at his hometown Latrobe.
The monument would be made out of the Colin Class submarine HMAS Sheean once it is decommissioned.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Guy Barnett said he had written to the Federal Government to ask if the state could be given the submarine once it finished service.
“This would be great recognition of Latrobe as Teddy’s home town,” Minister Barnett said.
“And it would also be a fabulous tourist attraction for the region and a valuable educational item to inspire young Tasmanians.”
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HMAS Sheean is expected to have an active life span of at least another 15 years and would likely be cut into sections so it could be transported from its Western Australian base to Latrobe.
The government plans to consult the Latrobe Council and community if they are successful in their bid for the submarine.
If they get the green light, Latrobe would be following in the footsteps of regional New South Wales town Holbrook.
The town has been home to the HMAS Otway since 1997, with the upper section embedded in a park alongside a naval museum.
The submarine has become a well-known tourist attraction, particularly because Holbrook is located halfway along the highway between Sydney and Melbourne.
The HMAS Sheean is 13-metres-tall and it remains to be seen whether the entire submarine or just a section would be moved to Latrobe.
The vessel was launched on 1 May 1999 by Sheean’s sister Ivy Hayes and is the only Australian naval vessel to be named after a sailor.
It was also one of the first submarines to be totally designed by computers and holds the motto “fight on”.