HMNZS Leander (75)
Light cruiser of the Leander class
|Navy||The Royal New Zealand Navy|
|Built by||Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||18 Feb 1930|
|Laid down||1 Aug 1928|
|Launched||13 Jul 1929|
|Commissioned||23 Jul 1931|
|End service||8 May 1944|
The Royal Navy light-cruiser HMS Leander was loaned to the New Zealand Division from 30 April 1937 until 8 May 1944. At this time she was repairing and refitting at Boston in the USA. HMS Leander returned to service on 27 August 1945.
Decommissioned by the Royal Navy in February 1948.
|Career notes||Returned to the Royal Navy as HMS Leander|
Commands listed for HMNZS Leander (75)
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|1||Capt. James William Rivett-Carnac, DSC, RN||14 Nov 1936||1 Jan 1940|
|2||Capt. Henry Edward Horan, RN||1 Jan 1940||28 Nov 1940|
|3||Capt. Robert Hesketh Bevan, RN||28 Nov 1940||26 Nov 1942|
|4||Cdr. Stephen Wentworth Roskill, RN||26 Nov 1942||5 Feb 1943|
|5||Capt. Cecil Aubrey Lawson Mansergh, RN||5 Feb 1943||30 Sep 1943|
|6||Cdr. Stephen Wentworth Roskill, RN||30 Sep 1943||Feb 1944|
|7||A/Cdr. Leslie Palmer Brindley, RN||Feb 1944||Dec 1944|
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Notable events involving Leander include:
4 Jun 1940
At 1640 hours (zone -2), HMS Liverpool (Capt. P.A. Read, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral A.J.L. Murray, DSO, OBE, RN) arrived at Port Sudan. Here Rear-Admiral Murray transferred his flag to HMNZS Leander (Capt. H.E. Horan, RN).
HMS Liverpool then departed Port Sudan for Alexandria at 2140 hours. She was to join the Mediterranean Fleet. (1)
27 Feb 1941
HMNZS Leander (Capt. R.H. Bevan, RN) sank the Italian armed merchant cruiser Ramb I (3667 GRT, Lt.Cdr. Bonezzi) west of the Maldives Islands in position 01°00'N, 68°30'E after a short gun duel. 103 men were captured.
23 Mar 1941
HMNZS Leander (Capt. R.H. Bevan, RN) intercepts and captures the Vichy-French merchant Charles L.D. (5267 GRT) in the Indian Ocean between Mauritius and Madagascar.
13 Jul 1943
During the Battle of Kula Gulf, HMNZS Leander (Capt. C.A.L. Mansergh, DSC, RN) is torpedoed by Japanese warships. Leander is severely damaged with an engine room, a boiler room and a 4-inch gun destroyed. After making temporary repairs Leander proceeded to Boston, USA for major restoration and a refit.
- ADM 53/112610 + ADM 199/383
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.