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River class frigate
283' x 36.5' x 9'
2 x x 4" guns
8 x 20mm
3 x 40mm Bofors
4 x 20mm twin mounts
1 x Hedgehog 24 spigot A/S projector
up to 50 depth charges
The frigate carried Lieutenant General Kanda and Vice Admiral Baron Samejima, plus officers of the Japanese Imperial High Command to the surrender of Bougainville at Torokina on September 8, 1945. This ship served as the surrender site for Japanese forces on Nauru on September 13 and Ocean Island on October 1; with ceremonies conducted on her quarterdeck.
Diamantina returned to Sydney Harbor, arriving at Garden Island on 13 December 1945 with 86 passengers embarked. The ship remained in Sydney until February 1 , 1946, when she departed for a patrol in New Guinea waters. Diamantina returned to Sydney on 14 June, and was put into reserve on August 9, 1946.
Diamantina’s most notable achievement during her second commission was the discovery of the deepest known part of the Indian Ocean on 7 February 1960, which was named Diamantina Deep after the ship. Based in Fremantle, Diamantina remained in service as an oceanographic vessel until 1980. Diamantina was paid off from the RAN on February 29, 1980, and was the last World War II-era frigate to serve Australia.
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