Go Back Report # 912



Note: While searching for information about the ship for this case, I came across a second report which seems connected to this one. I present both reports here in the order in which I believe that the event occurred. –CF-


Of importance here is an e-mail I received from Bill Chalker regarding some items in the text below:


       I interviewed "Paul" who is referred to on your site. He was present at a conference put on by the UFORQ crowd. I videoed the interview and he gave a compelling account and came across as a reliable witness. The Voyager witness's name is Paul Dugdale. He was OK with me using his name when I did my video interview with him.

       On your entry, he did not mention needing to pick up someone. The event occurred as they were going out to meet up with other ships etc. in a proposed war games exercise. The use of the word "radar" is not correct either. It should be “sonar” or "sonic radar." A more detailed input will need to await the return of my video.      


Reference for the above text is: Personal communication, e-mail from Bill Chalker, dated July 20, 2006




Third Australian National UFO Conference

Review: Sheryl Gottschall


Rights to all articles are held by the authors and permission to reprint must be sought from UFO Research Queensland.


Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2003


Brisbane, Australia


       The next speaker (identity withheld) was ‘Paul.’ Paul is a promising disclosure witness and told an interesting story about an experience while in the Navy with HMAS Voyager. In 1962 Paul’s ship was travelling towards Bass Strait to pick up one of its officers. At the time of his watch, he was in the conning tower receiving messages about course settings and directions. About half an hour after he began his watch, he received an order to increase speed and change direction, then to increase speed up to three quarters and again change course. This speed was held for 20 minutes. He was then given another order to increase speed to full and make a further compass change. After 10 minutes of full speed at 40 knots, he received another order to resume original speed and direction. Later, radar personnel advised they had picked up a metallic object travelling underwater which was quite large and the ship had given chase. It eventually disappeared off radar at over 100 knots. After half an hour the crew were given orders not to discuss the matter with the press and to keep quiet about it. Unfortunately the ship’s log and records went down with the ship in 1965 and the captain is now deceased.


Reference for the above text is: http://www.uforq.asn.au/articles/conference03.html. With thanks to Lee Heather for permission to post to this site.


Note: This second story seems to be separate from the above and yet connected to it. In the following, the ship, having failed to keep up the chase, reverts to its original course. However, someone on the ship sees the UFO they were pursuing suddenly exit the sea and become airborne. –CF-






Sightings Encounters from the E-Mail


HMAS Voyager incident (1962) verification, reported January 2005


I myself have had UFO sighting experiences in Australia and during my service with the Australian Navy on HMAS Voyager in Bass Strait. We were on trials with this destroyer a few years before its final demise in a collision with HMAS Melbourne.


This was not a classic sighting but a huge, black shape, sharply outlined against the night sky and seeming to be rising from the sea at some considerable distance away. I first thought it might be the conning tower of a nuclear sub by shape, but decided against that as it was too big, and I estimated that it was somewhere in the region of 100 metres in height and width. Although the object did in fact resemble a huge, square conning tower, it was too large, far beyond the size of any conning tower on a nuclear sub (and they are big), or to be on any submarine in service anywhere in the world.


I asked my mate, who was on starboard watch what he made of it. He looked at it through his night vision binoculars, simply said, "Yeah, I see it," and was silent until I goaded him to report it. He said, "We don't report things like that; I have learnt that the hard way." I could see he had had such experiences before, but despite my constant persistence, he would say no more about it. So I left none the wiser, wondering what the hell it was.


The mate I was talking to was on starboard watch; his position was a platform on the left hand side of the bridge. While I was there with him observing the phenomena, at no time did I notice any change in speed or direction to indicate pursuit, and I can vouch for the fact that we did not receive any orders to keep quiet about it, and I dare say only fraction of the crew that I spoke to knew of it. However, I am sure the radar operator would have been only too aware of it, and perhaps those directly involved during that watch may have been cautioned to keep quiet. I stand by my own observations to the fullest and can prove that I was a member of the crew at the time if you should so require it. The ship’s specs were:


HMAS Voyager Daring Class (DD) Destroyers

Displacement (tons): 2,800 Standard, 3,550 Full Load

Dimensions (feet): 390 x 43 x 12.9

Propulsion: English Electric Geared Turbines, 54,000 hp, 2 shafts

Max. Speed (knots): 30

Armament: 6 x 4.5-inch, 6 x 40mm, 5 x 21-inch torpedo tubes, 1 Triple Limbo Depth Bomb Mortar

Complement: 320

HMAS Voyager: Lost in collision with Melbourne (II) off Jervis Bay, N.S.W. on 10/2/64.


Reference for the above text is: UFO Encounter, Feb-Mar 2005, #222, Journal of UFO Research Queensland, Australia: http://www.uforq.asn.au/

With thanks to the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org  for finding the case.





Note: Bass Strait lies between Victoria and Tasmania.-CF-

Bass Strait - Latitude 39-20 S, Longitude 145-30 E (D-M)

Reference: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/appendix/appendix-f.html


Ship’s history:

The second HMAS Voyager (D-04) was a Daring-class destroyer laid down by the Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Company Limited at Sydney in New South Wales on 10 October 1949, launched on 1 May 1952 by Mrs. R. G. Menzies, wife of the Prime Minister, and commissioned on 12 February 1957. HMAS Voyager collided with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne twenty miles southeast of Jervis Bay on the New South Wales coast on the night of 10 February 1964. She was cut in two by the impact and sank with the loss of 81 of her crew and one civilian dockyard employee.

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