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Career (New Zealand)  Royal New Zealand Navy
Name: HMNZS Kiwi (T102)
Builder: Henry Robb Ltd. Scotland.
Commissioned: 20 Oct 1941
Decommissioned: 20 Dec 1956
General characteristics
Displacement: 607 standard, 923 full load
Length: 168 ft (51 m) /157.5 ft (48.0 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Draught: 15.3 ft (4.7 m)
Propulsion: 1100 ihp (820 kW) oil
Speed: 13 knots
Complement: 33-35
Armament: 1x4 inch gun, 2x1 Hotchkiss, twin Lewis, 40 depth charges

HMNZS Kiwi (T102) was a Bird class minesweeper of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

She was commissioned in 1941 for minesweeping and anti-submarine roles. From 1948 to 1956 she functioned as a training ship.

On 29 Jan 1943, with her sister ship Moa, Kiwi rammed and wrecked[1] the Japanese submarine I-1. At the time Kiwi was under the command of Lieutenant Commander Gordon Bridson who was awarded the DSC and the United States Navy Cross[2] for this action.

Kiwi was the first of two boats with this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy and is named after the national bird of New Zealand.


See also


  1. ^ * Waters, Sydney David (1956) The Royal New Zealand Navy, Page 307-309, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington.
  2. ^ Full Text Citations for award of the Navy Cross


  • McDougall, R J (1989) New Zealand Naval Vessels. Page 59-61. Government Printing Office. ISBN 9780477013994

Further reading

  • Harker, Jack (2000)The Rockies: New Zealand Minesweepers at War. Silver Owl Press. ISBN 0959797998

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