Commemoration of the 75th Anniversaries of the loss of HMA Ships Vampire, Nestor, Kuttabul and Armidale

In 1942 the Royal Australian Navy lost seven ships and 670 members of their crews to enemy action. Many more officers and sailors subsequently died in captivity.

In 2017 the Navy, Ex-Service Associations and the Nation will commemorate the 75th anniversaries of these losses with a series of commemorative activities.

Ex-Service Associations will host services for HMA Ships Perth, Yarra and Canberra. Navy will host services for HMA Ships Vampire, Kuttabul, Nestor and Armidale.

HMAS Vampire 1 April 2017 Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney
HMAS Kuttabul 1 June 2017 Garden Island, Sydney
HMAS Nestor 16 June 2017 Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney
HMAS Armidale 1 December 2017 Armidale, NSW

WWII crew members of Vampire, Kuttabul, Nestor and Armidale, widows and families who are interested in attending the memorial services are invited to register their interest with Navy Events at Navy.Events@defence.gov.au.

Interested members of the public are also welcome register their interest with Navy Events.

(clockwise from top left): HMA Ships Armidale, Kuttabul, Nestor, and Vampire.
(clockwise from top left): HMA Ships Armidale, Kuttabul, Nestor, and Vampire.