Visiting the HMAS Vampire at Darling Harbour is cool and all, but so's commanding the ship in actual battle. Well, maybe not actual battle, which is kind of wet and dangerous, but rather in World of Warships, where the destroyer Vampire has just joined the Ships of the Commonwealth fleet.
You can get the new ship in one of two ways. You can join in the Vampire Marathon, which means if you play just five games before December 20 she's all yours. Or, if that's too hard (really?!?), you can just wait and pay for it later.
“The HMAS Vampire is the number one most requested Australian ship by World of Warships players. It is great to be able to listen and deploy her ahead of Christmas, bringing such an iconic RAN ship back to life 75 years on,” said Travis Plane, Wargaming ANZ Country Manager, in today's release.
And here's a bit about the ship itself:
Originally launched by the Royal British Navy in 1917 to serve in World War I, the HMAS Vampire was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, arriving in Sydney on 21 December 1933. After six years patrolling Australian waters, she was deployed to World War II to form part of the so-called ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’, performing essential patrol and escort duties as battle for the Mediterranean escalated.