RFA FLAG SUPERIOR W and X PENNANT NUMBERS
The Flag Superior W and X were allocated to miscellaneous vessels, including Fleet Auxiliaries, from circa 1918 until they were replaced with the 1947 system with Flag Superiors A, L and K. Some ships had their pennant numbers changed 2 or 3 times during their careers.
FLAG SUPERIOR W PENNANT NUMBERS
Ship  Pennent No  
Prince Salvor 

W 05 
Uplifter 

W 06 
Samsonia 

W 23 
Jaunty 

W 30 
Salvage Duke 

W 34 
Mariner 

W 35 
Allegiance 

W 50 
Reindeer 

W 70 
Bustler 

W 72 
Cautious 

W 73 
Hughli 

W 82 
Prosperous 

W 96 
Cyclone / Growler (2) 

W 105 
Saucy 

W 131 
Antic 

W 141 
Earner 

W 143 
Empire Fred 

W 157 
Reward 

W 164 
Envoy 

W 165 
Turmoil (2) 

W 169 
Warden 

W 170 
Capable 

W 171 
Careful 

W 172 
Salvestor 

W 176 
Enforcer 

W 177 
Encore 

W 179 
Salvictor 

W 190 
King Salvor 

W 191 
FLAG SUPERIOR X PENNANT NUMBERS
Ship 
Pennant No 
Ship  Pennant No  Ship 
Pennant No 

Oakol (2) 
X 00 

Anchorite 
X 35 

Ennerdale (1) 
X 73 
Appleleaf (1) 
X 01 

Kimmerol 
X 35 

Trefoil 
X 73 
Anchorite 
X 01 

Cairndale 
X 36 

Turmoil (1) 
X 74 
Blackstone 
X 01 

Kurumba 
X 36 

Moiler 
X 75 
Mixol 
X 02 

Thrush 
X 36 

Viscol 
X 75 
Prunella 
X 02 

Melita 
X 37 

Freshpond 
X 76 
Bacchus(1) 
X 03 

Limol 
X 38 

Nimble 
X 76 
Bacchus (2) 
X 03 

Volunteer 
X 38 

Racer 
X 76 
Barkol 
X 04 

Edgehill 
X 39 

Vitol 
X 76 
Crennela 
X 04 

Limpet 
X 39 

Petrobus 
X 77 
Robert Dundas 
X 04 

Melita 
X 40 

Volens 
X 77 
Battersol 
X 05 

Orangeleaf (1) 
X 40 

Winkle 
X 77 
C 625 
X 05 

Messenger 
X 41 

Petrella 
X 78 
Denbydale 
X 05 

Robert Middleton 
X 41 

Waterwitch 
X 78 
Perthshire 
X 05 

Buffalo 
X 42 

C 8 
X 79 
Belgol 
X 06 

Green Ranger 
X 42 

Petronel 
X 79 
Ruthenia 
X 06 

Lobster 
X 42 

Wave 
X 79 
Servitor 
X 06 

Messenger 
X 42 

Cedardale 
X 80 
Birchol (1) 
X 07 

Mixol 
X 43 

Dredgol 
X 80 
Birchol (2) 
X 07 

Philol 
X 43 

Red Dragon 
X 81 
Ferol 
X 07 

Cyprus 
X 44 

War Nizam 
X 81 
Blackol 
X 08 

Dingledale 
X 44 

War Nawab 
X 82 
Brambleleaf (1) 
X 08 

Mollusc 
X 44 

Wave King 
X 82 
Olwen (1) 
X 09 

Montenol 
X 45 

Industry (2) 
X 83 
Reliance 
X 09 

Thermol 
X 45 

War Sspoy 
X 83 
Boxol 
X 10 

Distol 
X 46 

War Pathan 
X 84 
Celerol 
X 10 

Oakol (1) 
X 46 

Chatsgrove 
X 85 
Holdfast 
X 10 

Oleander (2) 
X 46 

War Diwan 
X 86 
Petroleum 
X 10 

Freshtarn 
X 47 

War Hindoo 
X 87 
Buffalo 
X 11 

Kimmerol 
X 47 

War Krishna 
X 88 
Olythus (1) 
X 11 

Olna (1) 
X 47 

War Bharata 
X 89 
Trefoil 
X 11 

Palmol 
X 47 

War Afridi 
X 90 
Oligarch (2) 
X 12 

Black Ranger 
X 48 

War Brahmin 
X 91 
Turmoil (1) 
X 12 

Cherryleaf (1) 
X 48 

Spa 
X 92 
Burma 
X 14 

Perthshire 
X 48 

War Mehtar 
X 93 
Derwentdale (1) 
X 14 

Petrella 
X 49 

War Pindari 
X 94 
Attendant 
X 15 

Scotol 
X 49 

War Sudra 
X 95 
Carol 
X 15 

Brambleleaf (1) 
X 50 

Brutus 
X 96 
Lambridge 
X 15 

Petrobus 
X 50 

C 112 
X 98 
Carol 
X 16 

Dewdale (1) 
X 51 

Freshpool 
X 99 
Celerol 
X 16 

Petroleum 
X 51 

Toiler 
X 100 
Cherryleaf (1) 
X 17 

Petronel 
X 52 

Wave Emperor 
X 100 
Steadfast 
X 17 

Philol 
X 53 

C 633 
X 101 
Creosol 
X 18 

Plumleaf (1) 
X 54 

Freshet 
X 102 
Limpet 
X 18 

Kurumba 
X 55 

Wave Governor 
X 103 
Olcades 
X 18 

Prestol 
X 55 

Eaglesdale 
X 104 
Dapper 
X 19 

Greenol 
X 56 

Easedale 
X 105 
Spabeck 
X 19 

Pearleaf (1) 
X 56 

Belgol 
X 106 
Distol 
X 20 

Blue Ranger 
X 57 

Dinsdale 
X 106 
Fidget 
X 20 

Pearleaf (1) 
X 57 

Freshbrook 
X 107 
Elderol 
X 21 

Racer 
X 57 

Wave Monarch 
X 108 
Bacchus (1) 
X 22 

Fortol 
X 58 

Freshener 
X 109 
Ebonol (1) 
X 22 

Rapidol 
X 58 

Wave Regent 
X 110 
Elmol 
X 23 

Nasprite 
X 59 

Wave Sovereign 
X 111 
Larchol 
X 23 

Rapidol 
X 59 

Ingeborg 
X 112 
Ferol 
X 24 

Reliance 
X 59 

C 614 
X 113 
Industry (1) 
X 24 

Freshburn 
X 60 

Freshspray 
X 113 
Fidget 
X 25 

Prestol 
X 60 

Airsprite 
X 115 
Reliant (1) 
X 25 

Ruthenia 
X 60 

Olna (2) 
X 116 
Fortol 
X 26 

Scotol 
X 61 

Freshmere 
X 117 
Orangeleaf (1) 
X 26 

Serbol 
X 62 

Wave Chief 
X 119 
Santa Margherita 
X 26 

VitolI 
X 62 

Freshlake 
X 120 
Francol 
X 27 

Freshford 
X 63 

Freshwell 
X 121 
Waterwitch 
X 27 

Looe 
X 63 

Spaburn 
X 122 
Growler (1) 
X 28 

Plumleaf (1) 
X 63 

Spalake 
X 123 
Maunder 
X 28 

Servitor 
X 63 

Spapool 
X 124 
Mercedes 
X 28 

Kurumba 
X 63 

C 641 
X 125 
Purfol 
X 28 

Silverol 
X 64 

C 642 
X 126 
Hickorol 
X 29 

Slavol 
X 64 

Spabrook 
X 127 
Isla 
X 29 

Wave Premier 
X 65 

Danmark 
X 128 
Dapper 
X 30 

Bishopdale 
X 66 

Wave Laird 
X 129 
Gold Ranger 
X 30 

Montenol 
X 66 

Wave Victor 
X 130 
Holdfast 
X 30 

Boardale 
X 67 

Wave Conqueror 
X 131 
Industry (1) 
X 31 

Francol 
X 67 

Wave Commander 
X 132 
John Evelyn 
X 31 

Sprucol 
X 67 

Wave Master 
X 133 
Kharki 
X 31 

Broomdale 
X 68 

Wave Pprince 
X 134 
Abbeydale 
X 32 

Serbol 
X 68 

Wave Ruler (1) 
X 135 
Appleleaf (1) 
X 32 

Standfast 
X 68 

Wave Protector 
X 136 
Creosol 
X 32 

Brown Ranger 
X 69 

Wave Baron 
X 137 
Arndale 
X 33 

Echodale 
X 70 

Wave Duke 
X 138 
Isla 
X 33 

Teakol (1) 
X 70 

Wave Knight (1) 
X 139 
Aldersdale 
X 34 

Crenella 
X 71 

Wave Liberator 
X 140 
Kharki 
X 34 

Thermol 
X 71 

Teakol (2) 
X 294 
Mollusc 
X 34 






Pennant Numbers of RFA ships in the British Pacfic Fleet in World War 2
The British Pacific Fleet came into being on 22 November 1944
The following pennant numbers were issued to ships which were, at the time, RFA manned or later became RFA manned
Ship 
Pennant No 
Ship 
Pennant No 




Bishopdale 
A772 
Wave Governor 
B524 
Empire Clyde 
B394 
Wave King 
B525 
King Salvor 
B441 
Wave Monarch 
B526 
Salvestor 
B442 
Echodale 
B530 
Salvictor 
B443 
Fort Langley 
B532 
Arndale 
B507 
Bacchus (2) 
B556 
Broomdale 
B508 
Fort Rosalie 
B559 
Brown Ranger 
B509 
Fort Sandusky 
B560 
Cedardale 
B510 
Fort Constantine 
B578 
Dingledale 
B511 
Fort Dunvegan 
B579 
Eaglesdale 
B512 
Fort Beauharnois 
B586 
Green Ranger 
B515 
Fort Charlotte 
B587 
Olna (2) 
B516 
Fort Duquesne 
B588 
Rapidol 
B517 
Envoy (Tug) 
B742 
Serbol 
B521 
Growler (2) (Tug) 
B743 
Wave Regent 
B522 
Reward (Tug) 
B745 
Wave Emperor 
B523 
Samsonia (Tug) 
B746 
RFA Pennant Numbers since 1947
Pennant, or Pendant numbers were introduced to help to abbreviate signaling and to help make signals more secure. They also served to clear up confusion between ships with similar names and as an aid in identifying ships particularly visually.
Some of the information on this list was gleaned from an old copy of BR 619 the remainder came from an unclassified NATO document together with other records.
Ship 
Pennant Number 
Ship 
Pennant Number 
Ship 
Pennant Number 








Tidespring 
A75 
Echodale 
A170 
Confident 
A290 

Tidepool 
A76 
Ennerdale (1) 
A173 
King Salvor 
A291 

Pearleaf (2) 
A77 
Enforcer 
A177 
Prince Salvor 
A292 

Plumleaf (2) 
A78 
Hickorol 
A181 
Careful 
A293 

Appleleaf (3) 
A79 
Wave King 
A182 
Eddyness 
A295 

Bayleaf (2) 
A79 
Fort Rosalie (1) 
A186 
Oakol (2) 
A300 

Orangeleaf (2) 
A80 
Eddycliff 
A190 
Warden 
A309 

Brambleleaf (2) & (3) 
A81 
Spa 
A192 
Fort Sandusky 
A316 

Cherryleaf (2) & (3) 
A82 
Wave Master 
A193 
Warden 
A316 

Appleleaf (2) 
A83 
Eddyrock 
A198 
Retainer 
A329 

Reliant (2) 
A84 
C642 
A201 
Lyness 
A339 

Agile 
A88 
Eddyreef 
A202 
Stromness 
A344 

Advice 
A89 
Careful 
A203 
Tarbatness 
A345 

Accord 
A90 
Robert Dundas 
A204 
Freshwater 
A349 

Typhoon 
A95 
Eddycove (ship cancelled) 
A205 
C668 
A356 

Tidereach 
A96 
Wave Prince 
A207 
Surf Patrol 
A357 

Sea Crusader 
A96 
Scottish American 
A208 
C112 
A358 

Tiderace 
A97 
Earner 
A209 
Dispenser 
A362 

Tideflow 
A97 
Wave Regent 
A210 
Surf Pioneer 
A365 

Tiderange 
A98 
Wave Sovereign 
A211 
Empire Demon 
A369 

Tidesurge 
A98 
Wave Ruler (1) 
A212 
C618 
A370 

Sea Centurion 
A98 
Freshbrook 
A213 
C677 
A371 

Tide Austral 
A99 
Ennerdale (2) 
A213 
Empire Fred 
A372 

Wave Emperor 
A100 
Seafox 
A214 
NAV Snider 
A375 

C633 
A102 
Wave Protector 
A215 
NAV Gatling 
A376 

Bacchus (2) 
A103 
Olna (2) 
A216 
NAV Maxim 
A377 

Eaglesdale 
A104 
Samsonia 
A218 
Encore 
A379 

Easedale 
A105 
Dewdale (2) 
A219 
Cedardale 
A380 

Belgol 
A106 
Wave Victor 
A220 
Empire Netta 
A382 

Boxol 
A107 
Derwentdale (2) 
A221 
Salventure 
A384 

Eddybay 
A107 
Spapool 
A222 
Cautious 
A385 

Wave Monarch 
A108 
Nimble 
A222 
Fort Grange 
A385 

Abbeydale 
A109 
Spabrook 
A224 
Fort Rosalie (2) 
A385 

Bayleaf (3) 
A109 
Capable 
A226 
Saucy 
A386 

Orangeleaf (3) 
A110 
Spabeck 
A227 
Fort Austin 
A386 

Growler (2) 
A111 
Fort Duquesne 
A229 
Fort Victoria 
A387 

Oakleaf (2) 
A111 
Reliant (1) 
A230 
Fort George 
A388 

C614 
A113 
Fort Langley 
A230 
Wave Knight (2) 
A389 

Derwentdale (1) 
A114 
Kingarth 
A232 
Samson 
A390 

Airsprite 
A115 
Salvage Duke 
A234 
Wave Ruler (2) 
A390 

Celerol 
A116 
Fort Charlotte 
A236 
Empire Plane 
A393 

Wave Laird 
A119 
Fort Constantine 
A237 
NAV Enfield 
A395 

Limol 
A120 
Amherst 
A238 
Empire Rita 
A396 

Olwen (2) ex Olynthus (2) 
A122 
Bustler 
A240 
Empire Rosa 
A397 

Olna (3) 
A123 
Robert Middleton 
A241 
Empire Zona 
A399 

C85 
A124 
Wave Baron 
A242 
Bacchus (3) 
A404 

Olmeda 
A124 
Wave Commander 
A244 
Hebe 
A406 

Oleander (4) 
A124 
Wave Conqueror 
A245 
Resource 
A480 

Fortol 
A126 
Wave Duke 
A246 
Regent 
A486 

Birchol (2) 
A127 
Wave Governor 
A247 
Ocean Salvor 
A492 

Bishopdale 
A128 
Wave Liberator 
A248 
Salvalour 
A494 

Wave Premier 
A129 
Rapidol 
A248 
Salveda 
A497 

Gold Ranger 
A130 
Wave Knight (1) 
A249 
Salvestor 
A499 

Reliant (3) 
A131 
Petrobus 
A250 
Salvictor 
A500 

Eddybeach 
A132 
Nasprite 
A252 
Salvigil 
A501 

Diligence 
A132 
Philol 
A253 
Salviola 
A502 

Arndale 
A133 
Prosperous 
A254 
Sea Salvor 
A503 

NAV Nordenfeld 
A135 
Spaburn 
A257 
Sparkler 
A504 

Argus 
A135 
Rapidol 
A258 
Succour 
A505 

Larchol 
A137 
Eddycreek 
A258 
Swin 
A506 

Jaunty 
A140 
Spalake 
A260 
Uplifter 
A507 

Antic 
A141 
Eddyfirth 
A261 
Capable 
A508 

Mixol 
A143 
Dispenser 
A262 



Dingledale 
A144 
Reward 
A264 
Engadine 
K08 

Allegiance 
A150 
Wave Chief 
A265 



Dewdale (1) 
A151 
Green Rover 
A268 
Sir Bedivere 
L3004 

Green Ranger 
A152 
Grey Rover 
A269 
Sir Galahad (1) 
L3005 

Elmol 
A154 
Blue Rover 
A270 
Sir Galahad (2) 
L3005 

Elderol 
A154 
Gold Rover 
A271 
Largs Bay 
L3006 

Prestol 
A155 
Black Rover 
A273 
Lyme Bay 
L3007 

Blue Ranger 
A157 
Viscol 
A275 
Mounts Bay 
L3008 

Empire Salvage 
A159 
Resurgent 
A280 
Cardigan Bay 
L3009 

Fort Dunvegan 
A160 
Kinbrace 
A281 
Sir Geraint 
L3027 

Scotol 
A161 
Rowanol 
A284 
Sir Lancelot 
L3029 

Serbol 
A162 
Fort Beauharnois 
A285 
Sir Percivale 
L3036 

Black Ranger 
A163 
War Hindoo 
A287 
Sir Tristram 
L3505 

Envoy 
A165 
Eddymull (ship cancelled) 
A287 
Empire Gull 
L3513 

Teakol (3) 
A167 
War Brahmin 
A288 
Sir Caradoc 
L3522 

Broomdale 
A168 
War Bharata 
A289 
Sir Lamorak 
L3532 

Brown Ranger 
A169 
Confiance 
A289 

