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HMAS Vampire (D11)

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HMAS Vampire (D11) was one of the first all-welded ships built in Australia, she was constructed at Cockatoo Island Dockyard between 1952 and 1959. Vampire was regularly deployed to Southeast Asia during her service.

HMAS Vampire was attached to the Far East Strategic Reserve on five occasions, including during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation, and escorted the troop transport HMAS Sydney on six of the latter’s twenty-five transport voyages to Vietnam. Vampire remained in service until 1986, when she was decommissioned and presented to the Australian National Maritime Museum for preservation as a museum ship.

Essential Facts:

  • Exhibit:                      HMAS Vampire (D11)
  • Builder:                     Cockatoo Island Dockyard
  • Commissioned:        1959
  • Decommissioned:    1986
  • Motto:                        “Audamus”  Latin: “Let Us Be Daring”
  • Status:                        Preserved as museum ship
  • Class and type:         Daring class destroyer
  • Displacement:          3,560 tons full load
  • Length:                      388 ft 11.5 in (118.6 m)
  • Beam:                        42 ft 11.375 in (13.1 m)
  • Draught:                   12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
  • Propulsion:               2 × Foster Wheeler boilers, 2 shafts, 54,000 shp (40,000 kW)
  • Speed:                        Over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
  • Range:                        3,700 nautical miles (6,900 km; 4,300 mi)
  • Complement:           20 officers, 300 sailors
  • Museum:                  Australian National Maritime Museum


“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.” Omar N. Bradley



Photo Credit:By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons