HMNZS Moa 75th anniversary commemorated in the Solomon Islands
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 10 April 2018
“THE New Zealand High Commission Office in Honiara in collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has marked the 75th anniversary memorial service of the HMNZS Moa which sunk in Tulagi, Central Province on the 7th of April, 1942 during the Second World War.
“The commemoration service was held at Moa’s wreck site, Tulagi on board Patrol Boat Lata in remembrance of the five seamen who lost their lives there.
In his address during the commemoration the Acting Maritime Component Commander New Zealand, Captain Dave McEwan, RNZN expressed this honour and privilege to be part of the memorial service
“75 years ago this very location HMNZS MOA was sunk here on the afternoon April 7th April 1947,” he said.
“The wreck of MOA to this day remained a war grave and memorial to the men who serve indeed.”
Captain McEwan said as a nation New Zealand was proud to be part of the operations in the Solomons when they provided navy vessels and crews to help the pacific islands while they were in urgency of support.
The Captain therefore credited those hardworking seamen for their sacrifice.
“And as for those who have gone before us we remain committed to ensuring our region continues to be peaceful and prosperous.”
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