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HMNZ Ships Moa and Kiwi »

January 29, 2016
Background Three small Bird class corvettes ordered in 1939, HMNZS Moa, Tui, and Kiwi were built by Henry Robb Ltd., of Leith, Scotland between 1940 and 1941. This class was based on the design of an experimental Royal Navy minesweeping trawler were the first new ships to enter service with the Royal New Zealand Navy, […]
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January 19, 2016
HMS Leander was built in His Majesty’s Dockyard Devonport, England, being the name ship for a class of light cruisers. Leander was laid down on 8 September 1930, launched on 24 September 1931 and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 23 March 1933. The ship was acquired by New Zealand, on loan; along with a […]
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Calliope Dock »

January 18, 2016
The dry dock, along with the pump house, are two of the oldest and most significant maritime related structures in New Zealand. Its construction was one of the largest and most difficult engineering works undertaken in New Zealand during the 19th century. In May 1881 the Auckland Harbour Board (AHB) voted in favour of Devonport. […]
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Korea and the RNZN »

January 7, 2016
The Korean War was possibly the first link between the Royal New Zealand Navy and Korea. In June 1950 Stalin give Kim Ill Sung permission to invade the south counting the fact he did not think the UN would intervene. It was a miscalculation. Later on Stalin pushed China into entering the war so that […]
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