HMAS Vampire (D68)

Navy: Royal Australian Navy
Type: Destroyer
Class: Admiralty V & W Destroyer
Pennant: D 68 
Built by: J. S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Laid down: 10 Oct, 1916 
Launched: 21 May, 1917 
Commissioned: 11 Oct, 1933 
Complement: 134
Lost: 9 Apr,1942 (Cdr.W.T.A.Moran, RAN.)(c7-30'N, 82-00'E) Indian Ocean off south east coast of Ceylon was sunk by Japanese aircraft bombs east of Ceylon while escorting HMS Hermes. Immediately the carrier vanished(sank) the dive bombers turned their attention to VAMPIRE. Fighting back she shot down at least one of the Japanese aircraft before she broke in half and sank in less than ten minutes. Nineteen officers and 288 ratings of HERMES and the Commanding Officer and eight ratings of VAMPIRE were lost or died of wounds. Some 600 were rescued by the hospital ship VITA, others were picked up by local craft and a few swam ashore.
History: Completed as HMS Vampire on 22 September 1917. Transferred to Australia and commissioned into the RAN. on 11 October 1933.


Former name: HMS Vampire

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