Allied Warships

HMNZS Tui (T 234)

MS Trawler of the Kiwi class

NavyThe Royal New Zealand Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 234 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : G. Plenty Ltd. (Newbury, U.K.) 
Ordered26 Sep 1939 
Laid down19 Mar 1940 
Launched26 Aug 1941 
Commissioned5 Dec 1941 
End service 

Commands listed for HMNZS Tui (T 234)

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1Lt.Cdr. John George Hilliard, RNZNVR26 Nov 194129 Jul 1944
2Lt. Frank Stanley Cable, RNZNVR29 Jul 1944

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Notable events involving Tui include:

19 Aug 1943
HMNZS Tui, along with some American OS2U Kingfisher float planes of VS-57, attack and sink the Japanese submarine I-17 40 miles SE of Noumea. The I-17 had been the first Axis warship to shell North America when she shelled the Ellwood Oil Field near Santa Barbara, California. (1)


  1. Personal communication

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