Commemorates the role of Royal New Zealand Navy light cruiser HMNZS Achilles in the Battle of the River Plate, off South America, Dec. 13, 1939. The squadron, HMS Ajax (Flag), HMNZS Achilles & HMS Exeter, fought the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee. Ajax, Achilles and Exeter were all damaged. The Admiral Graf Spee was heavily damaged and was subsequently scuttled in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Approval Date: 1941-04-29
CGNDB ID: LAAMR