On 5 October 2011 the MSC-chartered, Liberian-flagged container ship Rena astonished local mariners by grounding on the clearly marked Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty. Some fear New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster is in the making.
Crew from HMNZS Leander carry out maintenance on a torpedo. Leander-class light cruisers carried standard Allied 21-inch (533-mm) torpedoes in eight deck-mounted tubes. They did not have the range or speed of the 24-inch (610-mm) Type 93 ‘Long Lance’ torpedoes used by the Japanese. This was a fact brutally exposed at Kolombangara – of the 51 ‘fish’ launched by Task Force 36.1, only two hit the target (helping to sink the cruiser Jintsu); in return long-range Japanese torpedoes sunk one Allied ship and badly damaged three others (including the Leander).