HMNZS Maori (P3570)

HMNZS Maori (P3570) was a Fairmile B
Fairmile B motor launch
The Fairmile B motor launch was a type of Motor Launch built by Fairmile Marine during the Second World War for the Royal Navy for coastal operations.-Design:...

 Motor Launch
Motor Launch
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 of the Royal New Zealand Navy
Royal New Zealand Navy
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Originally commissioned on 20 December 1943 with pennant number
Pennant number
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 Q 409, she was part of the 80th Motor Launch Flotilla. Early in 1944 she went to the Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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 where she served under the operational control of COMSOPAC. After the end of the war she was sold.

In 1953 she was repurchased and recommissioned as HMNZS Maori (P3570).

In 1963 she was sold again and became the Auckland
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-Waiheke ferry Iris Moana.


  • The Fairmile Flotillas of The Royal New Zealand Navy - by Ken R Cassells, Wellington, New Zealand Ship & Marine Society, 1993.

See also

  • HMNZS Kahu (P3571)
    HMNZS Kahu (P3571)
    HMNZS Kahu I was a Fairmile B motor launch of the Royal New Zealand Navy.Originally commissioned on 20 December, 1943, with the pendant number Q 411, she was part of the 80th Motor Launch Flotilla...

  • New Zealand Coastal Forces of World War II
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