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The plaque commemorates H.M.A.S. Condamine which served in the Korean War.

HMAS Condamine (K698/F698), named for the Condamine River in Queensland, was a River class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Commissioned in 1946, Condamine served in the Korean War. The ship was paid off in 1955, and sold for scrap in 1961.

From August 1952 to March 1953 the ship operated in Korean waters during the Korean War. During this deployment, she conducted a number of shore bombardments and protected United Nations forces on islands off the Korean peninsular. Condamine was awarded the battle honour "Korea 1952–53" for this deployment.

Following the end of the Korean War, Condamine completed a second tour of Korean waters between February and November 1955.

The Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) was a war between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union. It was primarily the result of the political division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War Two. After the war ended, the presence of Australians in Korea continued with a peacekeeping force until 1956. Of the 340 Australians killed during the Korean War, 43 were classified as ‘missing in action’ (MIA) and presumed dead.


Address:Darby & Laman Streets, Civic Park Memorial Grove, Newcastle, 2300
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.928889
Long: 151.773333
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th February, 1996
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HMAS Condamine

Modified River Class Frigate built at State Dockyard, Newcastle

Commissioned 22nd February 1946

Served in the Korean War July 1952 - April 1953 and March 1955 - November 1955

Decommissioned 2nd December 1955

Erected by HMAS Condamine Association 25.2.1996


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