Topic: HMAS Vampire (I)

Remembering the first Vampire

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

Having only served little more than two years at war, HMAS Vampire (I) - a V Class Destroyer in the Royal Australian Navy - had already earned five Battle Honours: Calabria 1940, Libya 1940-41, Greece 1941, Crete 1941 and Indian Ocean 1941-42.

New Leeuwin crew charts the way

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

The Sri Lankan Navy Band welcomes HMAS Leeuwin to Ashraaf Wharf in Trincomalee following the ship’s search for HMAS Vampire (I). (photo: )

The Sri Lankan Navy Band welcomes HMAS Leeuwin to Ashraaf Wharf in Trincomalee following the ship’s search for HMAS Vampire (I).

HMAS Leeuwin has achieved a series of significant milestones since her new crew was assembled several months ago – including their first overseas deployment as a ship’s company.

Search ends but progress made in Vampire (I) hunt

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

Navy Clearance Divers from HMAS Diamantina prepare to dive while deployed off the coast of Sri Lanka during the search for HMAS Vampire (I). (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Navy Clearance Divers from HMAS Diamantina prepare to dive while deployed off the coast of Sri Lanka during the search for HMAS Vampire (I).

Despite searching 150 square nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka, HMA Ships Leeuwin and Diamantina have been unable to confirm the final resting place of HMAS Vampire (I).

Leeuwin and Diamantina start Vampire (I) hunt off Sri Lankan coast

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin transits across the Bay of Bengal on her way to Sri Lanka where she will search for the wreck of the lost destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

HMAS Leeuwin transits across the Bay of Bengal on her way to Sri Lanka where she will search for the wreck of the lost destroyer HMAS Vampire (I).

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Diamantina are on the hunt for the lost destroyer HMAS Vampire (I), 77 years after the Australian warship was sunk in battle.

Search for Vampire (I) to begin off Sri Lanka

Published on by Department of Defence (author)

HMAS Vampire (I) at sea. Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Vampire (I) at sea. Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

One of the remaining maritime mysteries of the Second World War may soon be solved, thanks to a joint operation between the Royal Australian Navy and the Sri Lankan Navy.

HMAS Vampire (I) remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

A catafalque party from HMAS Cerberus 'rest on arms' in the Sanctuary at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, during a service to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Vampire (I). (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

A catafalque party from HMAS Cerberus 'rest on arms' in the Sanctuary at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, during a service to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Vampire (I).

The sinking of HMAS Vampire (I) and the loss of nine of her crew has been commemorated during a small ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

Vampire (I) loss commemorated

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN gives an address during the HMAS Vampire (I) 75th anniversary memorial service, held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN gives an address during the HMAS Vampire (I) 75th anniversary memorial service, held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

Seventy-five years to the day since she sunk below the surface of the Indian Ocean, V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I) was commemorated at a memorial service at Garden Island.

HMAS Stuart sailors commemorate the loss of HMAS Vampire (I)

Published on by PO Zamri Burns (author), ABEW Sonny Daye (photographer)

Members of HMAS Stuart’s ship's company at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Vampire (I). (photo: ABEW Sonny Daye)

Members of HMAS Stuart’s ship's company at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Vampire (I).

A group of Officers and Sailors from HMAS Stuart were privileged to take part in a special commemoration service for HMAS Vampire (I) at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne during a recent ship visit.