HMNZS Leander

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HMS Leander
HMS Leander
Type Light cruiser

Devonport Dockyard

Keel laying August 1, 1928
Launch July 13, 1929
1. Period of service flag
Commissioning July 23, 1931
Whereabouts Scrapped January 15, 1950
Technical specifications

Standard 7,270 ts
maximum 9,740 ts


169 m


17 m


5.8 m


550 (peace) 680 (war) men

  • Steam turbines (Parson type)
  • 6 Admiralty steam boilers (3-drum type)
  • 74,000 HP on 4 screws

32.5 kn


5730 nm at 13 kn

  • 8 × 15.2 cm guns
  • 4 × 10.2 cm anti-aircraft guns
  • 10 × 12.7 mm machine guns
  • 8 × torpedo tubes Ø 53.3 cm

The HMNZS Leander was a New Zealand light cruiser of the Leander class in World War II . She was the type ship of the class.

Before the war

The Leander was launched in Devonport on July 13, 1929 and entered service on July 23, 1931 as HMS Leander . She served in the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy until the Royal New Zealand Navy was formed, to which she was transferred in September 1941. It has been renamed HMNZS Leander .

Second World War

At the beginning of World War II, the Leander served in the Pacific and Indian Oceans . On February 27, 1941, she sank the Italian auxiliary cruiser RAMB I near the Maldives . 113 crew members were rescued. On March 23, 1941, she captured the merchant ship Charles LD of the Vichy regime between Mauritius and Madagascar . After serving in the Mediterranean in the meantime, the Leander returned to the Pacific in 1943.

On July 13, 1943, the HMNZS Leander took part in the Battle of Kolombangara as part of Task Group 36.1 under Rear Admiral Walden Lee Ainsworth . The Japanese light cruiser Jintsū was sunk, and all three Allied cruisers were hit by torpedoes and badly damaged. The damage on the Leander was so severe that it could no longer be used in the further course of the war.

After the war

The Leander was repaired in 1945 and returned to the Royal Navy. In October 1946 she was involved in the Corfu Canal incident in the eastern Mediterranean .

The cruiser was sold for scrapping in December 1949 and scrapped in January 1950.


The Leander Glacier in Antarctica is named after the ship.

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