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FIFTY YEARS ON
HMAS MURCHISON AND THE
HAN RIVER ENGAGEMENT,
28th SEPTEMBER 1951.
THE KOREAN WAR

HMAS MURCHISON was constructed in Australia as part of Australia's shipbuilding program during WW2. She was a modified River (Bay) Class Frigate. She was built at the Evans Deakin Shipyard in Brisbane and was commissioned on 17 December 1945. After service in the South Pacific after WW2,  Murchison proceeded to Japan for service in the Korean War in May 1951.


HMAS Murchison, one of 12 River Class Frigates

Operations began shortly after her arrival in Korean waters On 17 September 1951, Murchison began her fourth Han River patrol including the approaches to Chinnampo. On 28 September , she embarked the Commander Task Force 95 for a tour of the Han River estuary. At about 1600, the frigate was under way along the north bank of the Han River , when unsuspected batteries of 75mm guns and 50mm mortars opened fire. Murchison responded with her 4 inch guns and rapid short range fire, scoring direct hits on the 75mm emplacements, silencing all opposition.

Two days later she returned to the scene of the engagement. The enemy, apparently expecting her return, had in the meantime strengthened their artillery. A second gun duel ensured, fought at such short range that Murchison's gunners were firing over open sights at a rate of 20 shells per minute. Bolstered by increased armament, the Communist forces maintained heavy concentrated fire and as the frigate endeavoured to manoeuvre in the fast tidal rived channel, succeeded in holing the ship at several points above the waterline.

Murchison's repeated hits took their toll on the enemy guns, reducing them to desultory fire, before the frigate withdrew to await reinforcement. Later joined by other ships of the patrol group, she returned and with combined 4 inch shelling ended all opposition. Ammunition expended in the engagement totalled 276 rounds 4-inch and 500 rounds of 40 mm Bofors. Murchison returned to the area with HMNZS Rotoli on 1 October 1951 to conduct a series of bombardments of enemy north bank positions,with significant air strikes from USS Rendova. This completed the action of September 1951.

( Notes from the RAN Website – RAN Ships and Craft)

 

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