HMNZS Pukaki was, along with HMNZS Tutira, one of the first Royal New Zealand Navy ships sent to Korea in July 1950. The two ships were ex-Royal Navy anti-submarine frigates. They became known to sailors as 'Puk and Tut, the heavenly twins'. Initially the frigates mainly operated on convoy escort duties with British and Commonwealth naval units. They took part in Operation Chromite, the amphibious operation that landed a large force at In'chon, the port for Seoul. The In'chon landing enabled a pincer operation which liberated Seoul and forced the North Korean army to retreat in disarray.
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