HMNZS Moa (T233)
|Career (New Zealand)|
|Name:||HMNZS Moa (T233)|
|Commissioned:||12 August 1941|
|Fate:||Sunk by Japanese aircraft, 7 April 1943|
|Class & type:||Bird class minesweeper|
|Displacement:||607 tons standard
923 tons full load
|Length:||168 ft (51 m) (overall)
157.5 ft (48.0 m) (keel)
|Beam:||30 ft (9.1 m)|
|Draught:||15.3 ft (4.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||1,100 ihp (820 kW) oil|
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h)|
|Armament:||1 × 4-inch gun, 2 × Hotchkiss, twin Lewis, 40 depth charges|
Construction and design
A Bird-class minesweeper, Moa displaced 607 tons standard and 923 tons at full load. She was 168 ft (51 m) long overall, had a beam of 30 ft (9.1 m) and a draught of 15.3 ft (4.7 m). She had a top speed of 13 knots (24 km/h) and a crew of between 33 and 35 personnel. Moa 's main armament was a single 4-inch gun, which was supplemented by two Hotchkiss twin Lewis machine-guns. She carried 40 depth charges for anti-submarine operations.
Commissioned into the Royal New Zealand Navy on 12 August 1941, Moa was the first of two vessels with this name to serve in the RNZN and was named after a native bird from New Zealand.
On 29 January 1943, in concert with her sister ship Kiwi, Moa helped ram and wreck  the Japanese submarine I-1. At the time Moa was under the command of Lieutenant Commander Peter Phipps, later Vice Admiral Sir Peter Phipps. Later, on 7 April 1943, Japanese aircraft sank Moa at Tulagi Harbour in the Solomon Islands. The ship sustained a direct hit from a 500-pound bomb and sank within four minutes. Five ratings were killed and seven were seriously wounded.
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