HMAS Vampire

A wreath laying to honour the service and sacrifice of those aboard HMAS Vampire.

09 April 2022 11:00 am - 09 April 2022 11:30 am
Sanctuary, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
Free admission
Accessible venue
Child friendly

This service honours HMAS Vampire and all those who served on her. 

An aged destroyer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), HMAS Vampire spent the first half of the Second World War in the Mediterranean. As part of the 'Scrap Iron Flotilla' she primarily took part in escort and patrol duties. In May 1941 she was assigned to the 'Tobruk Ferry Service', providing supplies and reinforcements to the besieged town. Engine problems saw her removed from service and sent to Singapore for repairs.

After Japan entered the war, HMAS Vampire remained in the Pacific as part of Force Z, a joint Royal Navy/RAN fleet. HMAS Vampire survived numerous attacks from Japanese ships and aircraft before her luck ran out on 9 April 1942. Off the coast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), HMAS Vampire was with the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes when they were attacked by 94 Japanese planes. Hit by over a dozen bombs, HMAS Vampire broke in two and sank, her ensign the last thing to submerge. Her commanding officer and eight sailors were lost, but the surviving crew were picked up by the hospital ship Vita.

Shrine Representatives:

  • Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
  • Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

Reviewed 17 December 2021

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