HMNZS Bellona was commissioned in Chatham, England, with the New Zealand crews of the cruisers Achilles and Gambia in October 1946. On her arrival in Auckland she became the New Zealand Flagship and toured the country's ports showing the flag. Bellona made one cruise to England in 1947. She was in Australia when the 1947 mutiny occurred over pay. When the 1951 wharf strike occurred she was again in Australia and was recalled to work the wharves. Bellona made several tours of the Islands and New Zealand before being laid up in Reserve to be replaced by her sister ship HMNZS Black Prince. Recommissioned in 1955 Bellona sailed for England to be replaced by the modernised Royalist.
Book by Gerry Wright ISBN 978-0-473-41579-2 414 pages A5 size