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HMS Achilles at Aotea Quay, Wellington, late 1930s


HMS Achilles alongside Aotea Quay, Wellington, in the late 1930s. Launched in 1932, the cruiser joined the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy in 1936. Following the formal establishment of the Royal New Zealand Navy in October 1941, the ship became HMNZS Achilles.

Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-045191-G
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