NEPTUNE Commemorative Service: HMNZS OLPHERT
The annual HMS NEPTUNE Commemorative Service was held at HMNZS OLPHERTs Petone Headquarters on Saturday 19th December 2015.
The guest speaker was LTCDR Kerry Moloney, RNZNVR.
HMS NEPTUNE sank with the loss of all but one of her Ship's company on the night of 19 December 1941. The tragedy took the lives of 757 officers and ratings; Able Seaman John Norman Walton was the sole survivor. Of those lost in NEPTUNE, 150 were New Zealanders, and 80 of them had served in the Naval Reserve before the outbreak of war.
The loss of NEPTUNE remains the greatest single tragedy New Zealand Naval Forces have experienced.
HMNZS OLPHERT lost the following personnel.
Image Above: LTCDR K Moloney RNZNVR presents his NEPTUNE address.
Image Above: Those assembled join in the service.