New Leeuwin Crew Charts the Way

March 29, 2019 – 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. The hydrographic survey ship is currently on her way home from South Asia. While the vessel herself has deployed overseas before, this is the first time she’s done so with a permanent ship’s company since recently reverting from a multi-crewing model to a single crew model. Leeuwin and minehunter HMAS Diamantina recently conducted a search for the lost…

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Search Ends for Vampire I

March 27, 2019 – Two Royal Australian Navy ships have finished an intensive underwater search for World War Two destroyer HMAS Vampire I. New data has been collected but the wreck’s final resting place off the Sri Lankan coast remains unknown. HMAS Vampire I sank during a Japanese air raid on 9 April 1942, but the ship’s precise location has never been identified. Nine Australian sailors died in the attack. Roughly 150 square miles of the sea floor was scanned based on new information from local sources, accounts of survivors,…

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Search ends but progress made in Vampire hunt

March 20, 2019 – 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). The V Class destroyer was sunk on 9 April 1942, during a battle against Japanese carrier-borne aircraft. The Royal Navy carrier HMS Hermes was also sunk by the Japanese dive bombers. Vampire (I)’s Captain, Commander William Moran, and eight members of the ship’s company died in the battle. More than 100 Royal Australian Navy personnel embarked…

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Search for Vampire to begin off Sri Lanka

March 8, 2019 – 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. Nine sailors died when the destroyer, HMAS Vampire (I), sank after enduring an intensive Japanese air attack off the Sri Lankan coast. Vampire had been attempting to protect the Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Hermes, on 9 April 1942. Commander of Australia’s Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead said the ship’s precise location had never been confirmed…

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HMAS Vampire remembered HMAS Vampire remembered

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. Personnel from HMAS Cerberus, including a catafalque party and bugler, and members of the Naval Association of Australia came together at the shrine to mark the 76th Anniversary of the battle that claimed Vampire, a ship of the famous Australian ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’, off the northeast coast of Sri Lanka on 9 April 1942. Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Tim Standen attended…

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