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HMS, HMNZS Leander - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS, HMNZS Leander

Name : HMS, HMNZS Leander
Laid Down : 8th September 1930
Launched : 24th September 1931
Completed : 24th March 1933
Type : Cruiser
Class : Leander
Builder : Devonport
Country : UK
Pennants : 75, C2, C75
Fate : On loan to New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy on 30th April 1937 which, in 1941, became the Royal New Zealand Navy. She was returned to the Royal Navy 27th August 1945. Scrapped 1949.

She was badly damaged on 13th July 1943, when serving with Task Group 36. The group engaged the Japanese cruiser Jintsu and five of her destroyer escorts. Repairs were undertaken at Aukland then she went to Boston for a full refit. Consequently, she played no further part in the war before being returned to the Royal Navy. Armament: eight 6 inch guns in twin turrets, four 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in single mountings and twelve 0.5 inch machine guns in fours. Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in quadruple mountings and 1 aircraft. Single 4 inch guns later replaced by four twin mountings.

His Majesty’s Dockyard Devonport launched this Leander class light cruiser on 24 September 1931 and she entered service in the Royal Navy’s Home Fleet on 24 March 1933. In April 1937 she joined the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.

In World War II, HMS LEANDER served initially on trade protection duties in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. On 27 February 1941, she sank the Italian auxiliary cruiser RAMB I off Bombay. She was transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy on its formation in 1941, becoming HMNZS LEANDER. After serving in the Mediterranean, LEANDER returned to the Pacific Ocean in 1943.

On 13 July 1943, HMNZS LEANDER was with Rear Admiral Walden Lee Ainsworth's Task Group 36.1 of three light cruisers, LEANDER and US Ships HONOLULU and ST. LOUIS, plus ten destroyers. At 01:00 the Allied ships established radar contact with Japanese cruiser JINTSU near Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands. The JINTSU was accompanied by five destroyers. In the ensuing Battle of Kolombangara, JINTSU was sunk and torpedoes hit all three Allied cruisers and severely damaged them. The LEANDER was so badly damaged that she took no further part in the war.

After repairs, LEANDER returned to the Royal Navy in 1945 and was involved in the Corfu Incident in October 1946 when two Royal Navy destroyers hit Albanian-laid mines in the Corfu Channel. Hughes Bolkow in Blyth scrapped her, starting on 15 December 1949.

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Timeline Entries :


8th September 1930 - Laid down at Devonport Dockyard
24th September 1931 - Launched at at Devonport
24th September 1931 - Pennant Number 75
March 1933 - Completed
10th March 1933 - Arrived Palma
23rd March 1933 - Capt. R,R, Turner Assumed Command
23rd March 1933 - Commissioned at Plymouth
24th March 1933 - Completed
7th April 1933 - Sailed Plymouth for Gibraltar
7th April 1933 - Sailed Plymouth for Gibraltar
11th April 1933 - Arrived Gibraltar
1st May 1933 - Sailed Gibraltar
5th May 1933 - Arrived Plymouth
5th June 1933 - Sailed Plymouth for Portland
12th January 1934 - Sailed Plymouth for Arosa bay
15th January 1934 - Arrived Arosa Bay
16th January 1934 - Arrived Arosa Bay
17th January 1934 - Sailed Arosa Bay
26th January 1934 - Sailed Gotenborg for Visby
30th January 1934 - Arrived Antigua
6th February 1934 - Sailed Intigua for Trinidad
6th February 1934 - Sailed Antigua for Trinidad
8th February 1934 - Arrived Trinidad
16th February 1934 - Arrived Barbados
22nd February 1934 - 2nd Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet
22nd February 1934 - Sailed Barbados for St. Kitts
23rd February 1934 - Arrived St. Kitts from Barbados
26th February 1934 - Sailed St. Kitts for the Azores
8th March 1934 - Arrived the Azores
10th March 1934 - Sailed the Azores
23rd March 1934 - Sailed Gibraltar
27th March 1934 - Arrived Portsmouth
9th May 1934 - Sailed Plymouth for Milford Haven
11th May 1934 - Arrived Milford Haven
21st May 1934 - Sailed Holyhead
22nd May 1934 - Arrived Portland
7th July 1934 - Arrived Stettin
16th July 1934 - Sailed Stettin
20th October 1934 - Arrived Rosyth
2nd November 1934 - Arrived Portland
18th January 1935 - Arrived Arosa Bay
20th January 1935 - Sailed Arosa Bay for the West Indies
16th March 1935 - Arrived Gibraltar
30th April 1935 - Capt. R.R. Turner relinquished Command
30th April 1935 - Commissioned in the 2nd Cruiser Squadron, Home Fleet
30th April 1935 - Capt. A.F.E. Palliser Assumed Command
24th May 1935 - Arrived Scapa Flow
24th June 1935 - Arrived Portland
4th February 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
30th March 1936 - Sailed Plymouth for Gibraltar
4th April 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
13th May 1936 - Arrived Gibraltar
5th October 1936 - Arrived Christianos
20th October 1936 - Sailed Santa Cruz for Las Palmas
25th October 1936 - Arrived Santa Cruz, Tenerife
April 1937 - Transferred to New Zealand
30th April 1937 - Capt. J.W. Rivett-Carnac in Command
30th April 1937 - Commissioned at Plymouth
19th July 1937 - Arrived Valboa
23rd July 1937 - Sailed Balboa
24th October 1937 - Sailed Cliff Cove, Cunaris Sound for George Sound
January 1938 - New Zealand Station
4th April 1938 - Arrived Picton
7th April 1938 - Sailed Picton
8th April 1938 - Arrived Nelson
19th April 1938 - Sailed Wellington for Auckland
9th December 1938 - Arrived Nukualofa and saile for Auckland
30th March 1939 - Sailed Auckland for Autaki
1st April 1939 - Arrived Port Fitzroy
28th July 1939 - Arrived Papeete
30th August 1939 - Sailed Auckland to land troops at Fanning Island,
13th September 1939 - Sailed Fanning Island for Auckland
13th September 1939 - Arrived Fanning Island
6th January 1940 - Arrived Sydney
December 1949 - Broken up

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