HMAS Burdekin (K376)

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HMAS Burdekin (K376)
Career (Australia (RAN))
Namesake: Burdekin River
Builder: Walkers Ltd., Maryborough
Launched: 30 June 1943
Commissioned: 27 June 1944
Decommissioned: 18 April 1946
Honours and
awards:
Battle honours:
Pacific 1944–45
Borneo 1945
Fate: Sold for scrap
General characteristics
Class and type: River class frigate
Displacement: 1,420 long tons (1,440 t; 1,590 short tons)
2,020 long tons (2,050 t; 2,260 short tons) (deep load)
Length: 283 ft (86.26 m) p/p
301.25 ft (91.82 m)o/a
Beam: 36.5 ft (11.13 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.74 m); 13 ft (3.96 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 in (102 mm) /45 Mk.XVI, 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

up to 50 depth charges

HMAS Burdekin (K376) was a River class frigate that served the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from 1944 to 1946.

She was named for the Burdekin River in Queensland and was one of twelve River class frigates built for the RAN during World War II.

Construction[edit]

Burdekin was launched at Walkers Ltd., Maryborough on 30 June 1943 and commissioned into the RAN on 27 June 1944. Her patron was K. Collings, daughter of Senator Joe Collings, Minister for the Interior and Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Operational history[edit]

World War II[edit]

Burdekin was posted to New Guinean waters in October 1944. From November 1944 to May 1945, she escorted convoys travelling between New Guinea and the Philippines. In May 1945, she supported the Australian landing at Tarakan and carried out surveillance operations in the Borneo and Celebes areas.

The frigate was awarded the battle honours "Pacific 1944–45" and "Bornero 1945" for her wartime service.[1][2]

Post-war[edit]

After a refit in Sydney, Burdekin operated in the Netherlands East Indies following the end of the war. The Japanese surrender of Dutch Borneo was accepted on board the ship by Major General Milford of the 7th Australian Division, on 8 September 1945 and the ship later participated in occupation duties off Borneo and Macassar.

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

HMAS Burdekin returned to Australia in January 1946 and was paid off from the RAN and placed in reserve on 18 April 1946.

She was declared for disposal on 9 November 1960 and sold for scrap to the Tolo Mining and Smelting Company Limited of Hong Kong on 21 September 1961.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navy Marks 109th Birthday With Historic Changes To Battle Honours". Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Royal Australian Navy Ship/Unit Battle Honours" (PDF). Royal Australian Navy. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012.