HMNZS Kahu (P3571)

HMNZS Kahu I (P3571) was a Fairmile B motor launch of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

(Post war)
New Zealand
Laid down: 1942
Commissioned: 1947
Decommissioned: 1965
General characteristics
Class and type: Fairmile B class motor launch
Displacement: 85 tons
Length: 112 ft (34 m)
Beam: 18 ft 3 in (5.56 m)
Draught: 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m)
Propulsion: Twin petrol engines totaling 1200 bhp
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 1,500 mi (1,300 nmi; 2,400 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 16
Sensors and
processing systems:
asdic, the forerunner of sonar

1 × 3-lb Mk I gun 1 × twin 0.303-in Machineguns

12 depth charges
Armour: Wheelhouse plated

Originally commissioned on 20 December 1943, with the pendant number Q 411, she was part of the 80th Motor Launch Flotilla. Early in 1944, she went to the Solomon Islands where she served under the operational control of COMSOPAC.

She was recommissioned from 1947 to 1965 as HMNZS Kahu I (P3571) [1]

See also


  1. "The RNZN Fairmiles". Retrieved 2007-11-14.

Further reading

  • Cassells, K.R. (1993). The Fairmile Flotillas of The Royal New Zealand Navy. Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Ship & Marine Society. ISBN 095978344X.

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