On 13 May 1941 the launch Rawea buoyed a mine. While searching for the mine, Puriri struck it and sank very quickly. Five men including the Commanding Officer were killed and another five injured. The 26 survivors were rescued by HMS Gale.
Our Navy has played a significant part in a range of historical events home and abroad. Learn about the sinking of the Japanese I-1 submarine by HMNZS Kiwi and Moa, as well as the NZDFs role in the Christchurch Earthquake recovery.