HMNZS Gambia – Crown Colony Class Light Cruiser – PART 1
Pennant No: C48
RNZN Service 22 Sep 1943 to 27 Mar 1946
Aircraft and fittings removed before entering RNZN service.
10450 tons full load
Length – 555.5ft
Beam – 62ft
Draught – 16.5ft
Speed – 33kts
Crew – 730
12 x 6in (4×3)
8 x 4in (4×2)
8 x 40mm Bofors AA (4×2)
3 Quadruple Pom-poms
6 x 21in Torpedo Tubes (2×3)
The images below have come for HMNZS TOROA History Museum.
Commissioning ceremony 22 September 1943 Liverpool
Royal Marine Band, practising for Commissioning ceremony 22 Sep 1943, Liverpool
W/T Staff, HMNZS Gambia 2 January 1944
Gambia transiting the Suez Canal Jan/Feb 1944 en route to join the Eastern Fleet at Trincomalee
Gambia RAS – not known with whom and where.
Battle ensign being flown during shore bombardment at Soerabaja East Java
(now known as Surabaya, Indonesia) 6 May 1944
Twin Oerlikons (20mm) – one of 10 sets of secondary AA guns
Pom-Poms in action
RAS with HMS Quality – Destroyer Pennant No G62. Gambia was in company with Quality in 1944 – May, June and July.
Broadside showing 4 inch and some of the other secondary armament – 2 pounders (Gambia had 10 of these). British battleship HMS HOWE astern.