Rainbow Warrior

North Island,New Zealand

In 1985 France planned to test one of their atomic bombs at Moruroa in French Polynesia. This was something Greenpeace didn't like very much, so they sent a group of activists to New Zealand on their flagship Rainbow Warrior. This again was something the French intelligence service DGSE didn't favor, and they launched Operation Satanique. Agents from DGSE sunk the ship with two mines inside Auckland harbor 10. July 1985. France officially denied the operation, but two of their agents were later arrested and the truth about the operation was revealed. The wreck was raised, but soon after declared a total wreck and scuttled in Maturi Bay 12. December 1987. The wreck rest today on a depth of 26 meter southeast of Cavelli Island.

Former names:
Rainbow Warrior
Sir William Hardy
127,5 x 27,7 x 15,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
418 grt
Aberdeen ( UK ) 1954
Aberdeen ( UK )

 34º58.60' S 173º58.14' E
( Source: Seafriends )

Last updated: January 2021