Allied Warships

HMNZS Moa (T 233)

MS Trawler of the Kiwi class

NavyThe Royal New Zealand Navy
TypeMS Trawler
PennantT 233 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : G. Plenty Ltd. (Newbury, U.K.) 
Ordered26 Sep 1939 
Laid down19 Mar 1940 
Launched15 May 1941 
Commissioned19 Aug 1941 
Lost7 Apr 1943 
HistoryBombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on 7 April 1943. 

Commands listed for HMNZS Moa (T 233)

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1Lt.Cdr. Philip George Connolly, DSC, RNZNVR12 Aug 1941 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Peter Phipps, DSC, RNZNVR 19437 Apr 1943

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Notable events involving Moa include:

11 Oct 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMNZS Moa (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Connolly, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Visenda (T/Lt. S.F. Archer, RNR), HMCS Moosejaw (Lt. F.E. Grubb, RCN) and FFS Roselys. (1)

21 Jan 1943
HMNZS Moa (Lt. Cmdr. Peter Phipps, RNZN) and her sister ship HMNZS Tui discovered four Japanese landing barges near Guadalcanal. The lead barge opened fire. An accident with one of her guns injured 7 of Moa's crewmen. She then silenced the first barge and sank another. Two barges escaped. (2)

29 Jan 1943
HMNZS Moa (Lt.Cdr. P. Phipps, RNZNVR), along with her sister ship HMNZS Kiwi (Lt.Cdr. G. Bridson, RNZNVR), engaged and sunk the Japanese submarine I-1 at Kamimbo Bay, Guadalcanal. (2)


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. Personal communication

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