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HMNZS Arabis (K385)
HMS Arabis (K385)
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Builder: George Brown and Company, Scotland
Commissioned: 1944
Decommissioned: 1948
Identification: Pennant number: K385
Fate: broken up August 1951
General characteristics
Class & type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 980 tons standard
1,350 tons full load
Length: 63.5 m (208 ft) o/a
Beam: 10.1 m (33 ft)
Draught: 5.3 m (17 ft)
Propulsion: 2 fire tube oilers, one 4-cycle triple-expansion steam engine 2,880 ihp (2,130 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h) at 2,750 hp (2,050 kW)
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 85
Sensors and
processing systems:
ASDIC, radar
Armament: 1 x BL 4 in (102 mm) Mk IX gun
8 x 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns
ATW Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
Depth charge projectors: 72 depth charges

HMNZS Arabis was a modified Flower-class corvette of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). Built for the Royal Navy as HMS Arabis, she was transferred to the RNZN on completion. She was commissioned in 1944. and decommissioned in 1948.

After a refit, Arabis sailed for the Solomons, arriving at Renard Sound on 14 December 1944 where her captain took over as senior officer, 25th Minesweeper Flotilla, from Matai. She returned to Auckland on 20 June 1945. Two voyages to Nouméa followed in July 1945 to escort with Tui the twelve RNZN Fairmiles back home to Auckland.


Arabis was decommissioned in 1948, and broken up for scrap in 1951

See alsoEdit


  • Walters, Sydney David (1956) The Royal New Zealand Navy: Official History of World War II, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington Online
  • McDougall, R J (1989) New Zealand Naval Vessels. Page 49-51. Government Printing Office. ISBN 978-0-477-01399-4

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