The River class frigate, HMAS DIAMANTINA, (LCDR M.G. Rose, RANVR), was commissioned. DIAMANTINA was laid down at Walker’s Yard, Maryborough, QLD, on 12 April 1943, and launched on 6 April 1944. Mrs W. J. Riordan, (Wife of the Federal Member for Kennedy), performed the launching ceremony. DIAMANTINA later took on the role of oceanographic research ship, and is now a part of the Queensland Maritime Museum, Brisbane.
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