HMNZS Moa

Solomon Islands,Asia

HMNZS Moa was laid down as a Bird class anti-submarine minesweeper by Henry Robb Ltd in Scotland in March 1940. She was launched in April 1941. She was commissioned four months later and set course for the Pacific and arrived in New Zealand in April 1942. She took part from the start in the operations at the Solomon islands in August 1942 and participated in sinking the Japanese submarine I-1 29.January 1943. While she laid at harbor in Tulagi refueling 7. April 1943 she was attacked by Japanese airplanes and hit by two bombs. One of the bombs exploded in the boiler room and sealed her fate. She went down in the deep within a few minutes, and five men of her crew lost their lives. A total of four ships were sunk during the raid, and Moa's wounded were treated The wreck rest today on a depth of 35 to 40 meter about one kilometer outside Tulagi.


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HMNZS Moa
T 233
168,0 x 30,0 x 15,3 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
607 displ ( std )
Leith ( UK ) 1940
( NZ )

GPS ( WGS 84 ) S9° 5' 42.1" E160° 8' 57.2
( Source: Michael McFadyen )


Picture: HMNZS Moa
Courtesy of CS Navy, Public domain

Last updated: January 2021