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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Navy welcomes historic agreement for future submarines

February 11, 2019 – The Australian Government today ratified a Strategic Partnering Agreement with the French shipbuilding company Naval Group that will see 12 regionally superior submarines designed and built in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy as part of the Future Submarine Program. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan welcomed today’s important milestone. “The $50-billion Attack Class program will deliver submarines that will meet our Navy’s capability requirements, will be at the forefront of Australia’s defense strategy and will help protect Australia’s security and prosperity for decades to…

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Submariner memorial dedication and 50 years of submarines

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, joined Rear Admiral Mike Noonan, Deputy Chief of the Navy, and veterans to dedicate a memorial on the site of ex-HMAS Platypus, Australia’s decommissioned east coast submarine base, honoring all who have died while serving in Australian submarines. The ceremony also marked 50 years since the re-establishment of the Australian submarine capability in 1967. “For the past 50 years, since we re-established the Australian Submarine Squadron, the silent service has been dedicated to duty,” Minister Payne said. “Australia’s submariners who served in…

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