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Kiwi Class, New Zealand Corvettes


Photograph of HMNZS Kiwi

Flower Class Corvette Forums. Fair use may apply.


Specifications:


Tonnage 607 tons standard displacement
923 tons fully loaded
Dimensions
168' by 30' by 15.3'
51m by 9.1m by 4.7m
Maximum speed       14 knots
Complement
34
Armament
1 4"/40 gun
2x2 machine guns
2 depth charge racks (40 depth charges)
4 depth charge throwers
Machinery
1-shaft (1100 ihp)


The Kiwis were a half-corvette, half-trawler design with some antisubmarine capability. They were completed in 1941, just before war broke out in the Pacific.

The class gained fame on 29 Jan 1943, when Kiwi rammed and wrecked I-1 off Guadalcanal.


Units in the Pacific:

Kiwi    


Moa    

Sunk by aircraft 1943-4 off Tulagi
Tui    



References

Flower Class Corvette Forums (2008-12-14; accessed 2011-5-22)

Gogin (2010; accesssed 2013-3-11)

Royal New Zealand Navy (accessed 2008-10-30)

Worth (2001)



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