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HMAS Voyager Survivors Association

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Memorials

HMAS Voyager (II) Memorial Park

Huskisson RSL Jervis Bay

Voyager Point NSW

Voyager Point is a suburb located on the Georges River in South Western Sydney 

Voyager Park & Memorial NSW

Located at Sirius Road and Orlando Crescent in the Suburb of East Hills in Sydney.

HMAS Cerberus HMAS Voyager II Memorial

Memorial featuring a bronze statue of a sailor on a stone cairn.

Devonport Maritime Museum Tasmania

The memorial reads: "The naval destroyer HMAS Voyager (II) was lost on the night of 10 February 1964 in a collision with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (II). Nine Tasmanians were serving on the Voyager (II), four of whom were among the eighty-two men who died that night:

  • AB Neil Benjamin Brown
  • Ordinary SMN John David Clayton
  • Ordinary SMN Graham Dennis Fitzallen
  • Leonard Charles Lehman (cook)"

HMAS Voyager II Trophy - Anti Submarine Warfare Trophy

Lost with HMAS Voyager (II) was the Otranto Shield for Torpedo, the tactical anti-submarine warfare trophy that she had won in 1963. On 10 February 1984 the RAN instituted the HMAS Voyager (II) Trophy for anti-submarine warfare proficiency, to be awarded annually to the "...escort which in the opinion of the Fleet Commander has achieved the best and most consistent anti-submarine sensor and weapon performance during the year."The inaugural winner was the guided missile frigate HMAS Canberra (II) for the year ended 1983. The most prolific winners have been HMAS Darwin with five awards and HMAS Perth (II) with four.

Ship Details

HMAS Voyager II

Darling Class, Destroyer, D04. Motto: Quo Fata Vocant (We go where destiny calls)


Dates

Laid Down 10 October 1952 & Launched 1 May 1952 and Commissioned 12 February 1957. Lost at Sea on 10 February 1964.

Crew

320, including 20 officers

Specifications

390 feet in length, displacing 3800 tons, 33 knot top speed, 3700 mile range.

Propulsion

Two foster wheeler boilers, English Electric geared steam turbines (twin shaft) generating 54000 horsepower.

Armament

6 x 4.5 inch Mk V gun in 3 twin turrets, 6 x 40mm Bofors in 3 twin mounts. 10 x 21 inch Petad torpedo tubes. 1 x tripled barrelled 'limbo' anti submarine mortar.

HMAS Voyager (II)

HMAS Voyager II - Background

Advances in destroyer design in the United Kingdom during the mid to late 1940s resulted in the design of the Daring Class, originally described as light cruisers. The Australian built Daring Class destroyers were similar to the eight similar vessels being built for the Royal Navy, but with modifications for Australian conditions, with good ventilation and air conditioning being a priority.

Four Darings were initially ordered for the RAN, although only three, Voyager (II), Vendetta (II) and Vampire (II) were eventually completed. Voyager (II) was ordered on 3 December 1946 from Cockatoo Island Dockyard, and became Ship Number 188 on their records.

The Darings were built in sections, upside down from the centre, then rolled onto the slipway. They were the first prefabricated all-welded ships to be built in Australia, and used light alloys extensively both in the superstructure and in interior sub-divisions and fittings. At the time they were the largest conventional destroyers to be built for the RAN.

Construction of the ships was delayed due to industrial disputes, skilled manpower shortages, and delays in the supply of materials and vital machinery drawings from England. Between ordering and completion, the cost of each Daring increased from £2.6 million to almost £7 million! Voyager(II)'s final cost was over £6,750,000.

The Daring Class brought a new standard of accommodation to the RAN with air-conditioning, cafeteria messing and bunks instead of hammocks.

The Darings were designed and built as versatile, multi-purpose 'Gun Ships' with three separate weapon control systems to control the main and secondary armament. In the Naval Gunfire Support mode for example, the main Gunnery Fire Control System was capable of providing very accurate and rapid fire to a range of nine nautical miles (18,000 yards) in normal mode and in excess of ten nautical miles (20,000 yards) in extended range mode. At a rate of fire of 16 rounds per gun per minute, the Darings were capable of firing up to 100 x 4.5-inch shells per minute, with each standard high explosive shell weighing 56-lbs.

Voyager (II), the first ship to complete, mounted three twin 40-mm Bofors, one either side of the bridge superstructure, and the third abaft the second funnel. Both Vampire (II) and Vendetta (II) were completed with two single mounts abreast the superstructure and two twin mounts (one on each beam) abaft the second funnel.

An Innovative Warship

Innovative Features of HMAS Voyager II

Voyager (II) is the first of three "Darling" Class ships to be placed on order with Australian Shipyards by the Australian Commonwealth Shipping Board. This class of ship is a departure from the conventional destroyer both in general design, armament, and number of personnel carried. 

She has the striking power of a light Cruiser (the disposition of her main armament being typical of that type of ship), coupled with the latest anti-submarine weapon and detection devices. Furthermore, her manoeuverability is superior to that of even the most modern conventional destroyer, owing to the fitting of twin rudders. 

The other two ships of the class, in varying stages of construction, are Vendetta (II) and Vampire (II). ... The ship carries two 25-foot motor-cutters powered by diesel engines, a 27-foot sailing whaler for use as a sea boat, and a 14-foot sailing dinghy for recreational purposes. 

War experience has shown that boats were vulnerable to damage by bomb and shell splinters, with the result that they were usually unserviceable if required for life-saving purposes. Voyager (II), therefore, carries the latest type of inflatable life raft. When not in use, these rafts take up very little space on deck, but when inflated, they will comfortably hold 20 men each, and in addition afford complete protection against the sea and elements. Sufficient of these rafts is carried to accommodate the entire ship's company. In addition, a Land Rover is carried for transport for the Postman and for general official duties. It is stored on the upper deck at sea. ... 

Voyager (II) is propelled by two out-turning propellers, each propeller-shaft being driven by its own high pressure, high-temperature turbine unit through double reduction gear. Steam for these turbines in provided by two Foster-Wheeler controlled superheat waterwall boilers ... Fresh water for boilers and for domestic use is produced by two Caird and Rayner evaporator units, which are capable of a rate of 100 tons a day. Main machinery and boilers are arranged in what is known as "The Unit System" i.e., each shaft is driven by its own engine room and boiler room, though these can be inter-connected if required. Action damage to the main machinery is therefore more localised than in the conventional destroyer arrangement of only one engine room.