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Ships of the New Zealand Navy and ships of the Royal Navy crewed by New Zealand Crews.  It is hoped that over the next year a full history of the Ships of the New Zealand navy over 20th century. will be listed here with short histories and photographs of the ships and crews, (supplied by crew and descendants)

 

HMS New Zealand was built by Fairfield and  was completed in February 1912. she was presented to the Royal navy   In February she left for a world cruiser around the Dominions which took 10 months  she then joined the 1st battle Cruiser Squadron on a cruise to the Baltic and then joined the Grand Fleet in August 1914 becoming the flagship of the 2nds Battle Cruiser Squadron in January 1915 until February 1915. At the Battle of Dogger Bank she fired a total of 147 12 - inch shells with out any known hits of the German Ships. She became Flagship to Admiral Beattie when his Flagship HMS Lion was  damaged during the battle. On the 22nd April HMS New Zealand and HMS Australia collided but repairs were carried out in time for the Battle of Jutland. During the battle she fired 420 shells which was more than any other dreadnaught during the Battle but only scored 4 hits.  HMS New Zealand was also hit by a 11-inch shell which hit X turret without any major damage or \casualties. after September 1916 she again joined the 2nd battle cruiser squadron and after the war Carried Admiral Jellicoe on a tour of the Dominions.  Listed for Disposal under the Washington treaty she was sold for breaking up ion the 19th December 1923.  New Zealand had two sister ships of the class HMS Australia and HMS Indefatigable. 

 

Displacement: 19,100    Speed: 25.8 knots   Compliment: 820 increasing to 850 in wartime.

Armament: Eight 12-inch guns in pairs and sixteen 4 -inch guns.  One or two 3 inch anti aircraft guns in 1915/16 and from 1917 one 4 inch Anti Aircraft Gun.

The New Zealand was taken on a cruise of the Dominions in 1913 before joining the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron, she then served with the Grand Fleet in 1914 before becoming flagship to the 2nd cruiser squadron in 1915.

HMNZS Hawea, 1948.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2864

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HMNZS Pukaki, September 1948.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP2865

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HMS New Zealand.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original Symonds glass negative.   Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  SYM48

HMS New Zealand, c.1918.

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HMS New Zealand, February 1919.

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HMS New Zealand Tony Davies

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HMS New Zealand photographed in Vancouver.  Tony Davies

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HMS (RNZN)  New Zealand photographed 1914

Pipes and Drums of the Crew of HMS New Zealand photographed 1920  Tony Davies

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CRUISERS

HMS Encounter which was loaned to New Zealand until 1919. Pictured c.1912 off Hobart, Tasmania. Tony Davies

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Ex-British Modified DIDO class cruiser            Displacement: 5950t standard; 7410t deep load         Armament: 8-5.25in/50 QF Mk 1, 8-40mm, 6-2in TT         Complement: 530
Royalist 1954    Broken up 1968
FRIGATES
Ex-British LOCH class frigates             Displacement: 1435t standard; 2260t deep load             Armament: 1-4in/45 QF Mk VHA, 4-2pdr pompom, 2 squid ASW mortars            Complement: 114
Hawea 1.10.48 Broken up 1965
Kaniere 7.7.48 Broken up 1967
Pukaki 3.9.48 Broken up 1966
Rotoiti 7.7.49 Broken up 1967
Taupo 3.9.48 Broken up 1962

HMNZS Taupo, September 1948.

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Tutira 1.4.49 Broken up 1962
British ROTHESAY type frigates
Otago 11.12.58 Stricken 1982

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HMNZS Otago, June 1960.

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Taranaki 19.8.59 Stricken 1982, sold

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HMNZS Taranaki, May 1961.

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British LEANDER type frigates
Waikato 18.2.65 In service 1995

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HMNZS Waikato, April 1966.

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Canterbury 6.5.70 In service 1995

HMNZS Canterbury (F421) closing to fuel from RFA Plumleaf, Indian Ocean, February 1983.

HMNZS Canterbury.  British Leander type Frigate, launched 6th May 1970.

Photographed by George Mortimore L.R.P.S  Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  GM199

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HMNZS Canterbury, June 1977.

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RNZN Wasp of HMNZS Canterbury.  Viewed from RFA Plumleaf, Indian Ocean, December 1982.

Photographed by George Mortimore L.R.P.S  Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  GM280

RNZN Wasp of HMNZS Canterbury.  Viewed from RFA Plumleaf, Indian Ocean, December 1982.

Photographed by George Mortimore L.R.P.S  Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  GM277

Wellington Acquired Oct 1991 In service 1995
Southland Acquired Oct 1991 Stricken 1995
MINESWEEPERS
Ex-Australian BATHURST class minesweepers             Displacement: 650-790t standard            Armament: 1-4in/45, 1-40mm         Complement: 80-90
Echuca 1952 Broken up 1967
Inverell 1952 Broken up 1979

HMNZS Inverell.

Contributed by Kevin Landers

Kiamia 1952 Broken up 1979
Stawell 1952 Broken up 1968
PATROL CRAFT
PUKAKI class patrol craft             Displacement: 105t standard; 135t full load             Armament: 2-12.7mm MG, 1-81mm mortar/12.7mm MG         Complement: 21
Pukaki 1.3.74 Sold 1991
Rotoiti 8.3.74 Sold 1991
Taupo 25.7.74 Sold 1991
Hawea 9.9.74 Sold 1991
MOA class patrol craft            Displacement: 91.5t standard; 105t full load              Armament: 1-12.7mm MG           Complement: 19
Moa - In service 1995
Kiwi - In service 1995
Wakakura - In service 1995
Hinau - In service 1995
OTHER

HMNZ Wakakura c.1920's Tony Davies

 
 

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