HMAS Culgoa was ordered as part of Australia's shipbuilding program during the Second World War. Twelve of these Australian built frigates were to enter service with the Royal Australian Navy. A further ten were ordered but cancelled as the war drew to a close.
From September to November 1950 Culgoa cruised in the Solomon Islands and Noumea areas and from August 1951 to September 1952 she was used as a training platform for National Service Trainees. In October 1952 she supported the first British atomic test at the Monte Bello Islands.
Picture courtesy of Royal Australian Navy
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