Allied Warships

HMNZS Kiwi (T 102)

MS trawler of the Kiwi class

NavyThe Royal New Zealand Navy
TypeMS trawler
ClassKiwi 
PennantT 102 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : G. Plenty Ltd. (Newbury, U.K.) 
Ordered26 Sep 1939 
Laid down19 Mar 1940 
Launched7 Jul 1941 
Commissioned25 Oct 1941 
End service 
HistorySold in September 1963. 

Commands listed for HMNZS Kiwi (T 102)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Gordon Bridson, RNZNVR20 Oct 194118 Apr 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Arthur Allan Bell, RNZNVR18 Apr 19447 Oct 1944
3T/Lt. James Frederick Allen O'Neill, RNZNVR7 Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Kiwi include:


2 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Oracle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.A. Martyn, RNR) and HMNZS Kiwi (Lt.Cdr. G. Bridson, RNZNVR). (1)

3 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Oracle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.A. Martyn, RNR), HMNZS Kiwi (Lt.Cdr. G. Bridson, RNZNVR), HMS Rye (Lt. J.A. Pearson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wells (Lt. L.J. Pearson, RN). (1)

4 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Oracle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.A. Martyn, RNR), HMNZS Kiwi (Lt.Cdr. G. Bridson, RNZNVR), HMS Rye (Lt. J.A. Pearson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Wells (Lt. L.J. Pearson, RN). (1)

29 Jan 1943
HMNZS Kiwi (Lt.Cdr. G. Bridson, RNZNVR), along with her sister ship HMNZS Moa (Lt.Cdr. P. Phipps, RNZNVR), engage and sink the Japanese submarine I-1 at Kamimbo Bay, Guadalcanal. (2)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. Personal communication

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