Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 9, 2019 15:09:25 GMT 12
I just came across these neat photos in the Herald. I'd not heard of this ship, and Googling around found nothing either.
NEW ZEALAND CORVETTE ON TRIALS: Pictures taken in New Zealand waters of H.M.N.Z.S. Arabis (900 tons, 15 knots), a recent addition to the Dominion's navy. Left: A depth charge sends a column of water high into the air. Upper Right: H.M.N.Z.S. Arabia at speed during trials. Lower right, A group of officers of the vessel. Left to right are Lieutenants J. H. Cooper, W. N. Hancock, Lieutenant N. D. Blair, commanding officer, Lieutenant C. S. Evans. Sub-Lieutenants E. Chisholm, H. Barnett, V. W. Were. NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 23 DECEMBER 1944
Yes, HMNZS Arabis did see overseas service, going up to the Pacific Islands in late 1944. Lt Nigel D Blair was CO of Arabis in November 1944, but was posted as CO of HMNZS Arbutus in May 1945. Refer to separate thread about Arbutus.