HMNZS Moa (T233)

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Career (New Zealand)
Name: HMNZS Moa (T233)
Commissioned: 12 August 1941
Fate: Sunk by Japanese aircraft, 7 April 1943
General characteristics
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)
Complement: 33–35
Armament: 1 × 4-inch gun, 2 × Hotchkiss, twin Lewis, 40 depth charges

HMNZS Moa (T233) was a Bird class minesweeper of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) that served during World War II.

Construction and design[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Operational history[edit]

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.[citation needed]

On 29 January 1943, in concert with her sister ship Kiwi, Moa helped ram and wreck [1] the Japanese submarine I-1. At the time Moa was under the command of Lieutenant Commander Peter Phipps, later Vice Admiral Sir Peter Phipps.[citation needed] 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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Waters, Sydney David (1956) The Royal New Zealand Navy, Page 307-309, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington.
  2. ^ Royal New Zealand Navy Official web site


Further reading[edit]

  • Harker, Jack (2000)The Rockies: New Zealand Minesweepers at War. Silver Owl Press. ISBN 0-9597979-9-8

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