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HMAS Diamantina Highlights

HMAS Diamantina is a River-class frigate that served the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Diamantina was active from 1945 until 1946, was placed in reserve, then was recommissioned as a survey ship from 1959 until 1980. Full details can be found at this link:

Below are internal & external views of the  HMAS Diamantina:

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Queensland Maritime Museum - Joy of Museums - HMAS Diamantina (K377)

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Essential Facts:

  • Name:                                HMAS Diamantina  (K377)
  • Namesake:                        Diamantina River
  • Launched:                         1944
  • Final Decommissioned: 1980
  • Motto:                                “Whoever Leads Protects”
  • Battle honours:                Pacific 1945
  • Class and type:                 River-class frigate
  • Displacement:                  1,420 long tons (1,440 t; 1,590 short tons)
  • Length:                              283 ft (86.3 m) p/p
  • Beam:                                 36 ft 6 in (11.1 m)
  • Draught:                            9 ft (2.7 m); 13 ft (4.0 m) (deep load)
  • Propulsion:                        2 × Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, reciprocating vertical triple expansion, 5,500 ihp (4,100 kW)
  • Speed:                                 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
  • Range:                                 500 long tons (510 t; 560 short tons) oil fuel; 5,180 nautical miles (9,590 km; 5,960 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
  • Complement:                     140
  • Armament:
    • 2 × QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk.XVI guns, single mounts HA/LA Mk.XX
    • 8 × QF 20 mm Oerlikon, single mounts Mk.III, later;
    • 3 × QF 40 mm Bofors, single mounts Mk.VII
    • 4 × QF 20 mm Oerlikon, twin mounts Mk.V
    • 1 × Hedgehog 24 spigot A/S projector with up to 50 depth charges
  • Museum:                            Queensland Maritime Museum

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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons