RFA Orangeleaf (1)

 

RFA Orangeleaf

 

Previous name:                         RFA Bornol
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                        140300

Class:                                       5,000T FAST LEAF (ex TEXOL) CLASS Fleet Attendant Tanker

Pennant No:                             X 26 / Y7.183 / X 40

Laid down:
Builder:                                     J L Thompson
Launched:                                26 October 1916   
Into Service:                             1 June 1917 
Out of service:                          1948
Fate:                                         Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   All ordered in 1915, the six Admiralty-designed vessels in this Class were very advanced ships for their day. They were designed to act as Escorts on Atlantic Convoys during WW1, whilst also bringing cargoes of oil fuel from the U.S. to Britain. They were fitted with six boilers and four powerful cargo pumps with a pumping rate of 2000 tonnes per hour, which for many years was too high to be used by HM ships. They were originally planned to be named after oil bearing countries with the now usual OL suffix, but their military appearance and naval names caused difficulties with the U.S. Neutrality Act, so various modifications were made and they were then placed under commercial management and given LEAF names in common with other converted ships running as Admiralty tankers under commercial management

 

26 October 1916 launched by Sir Joseph L Thomson & Sons Sunderland as Yard Nr: 523 named BORNOL 

20 November 1916 Engineer Lieutenant Commander Thomas Ripley RD RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 December 1916 Lieutenant William Gregory RNR appointed in command

`1 January 1917 Lieutenant Gregory RNR promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander RNR retaining command

27 May 1917 at North Shields, River Tyne 2nd Cook Thomas Bellwood discharged dead - drowned

31 May 1917 ran trials

1 June 1917 completed at a cost of £265,000. Placed under management of Lane & MacAndrew Ltd, London as an oiler transport and was renamed ORANGELEAF (1)

2 June 1917 sailed North Shields, River Tyne for Portsmouth

4 June 1917 arrived at Portsmouth and berthed on the Oil Fuel Jetty

5 June 1917 sailed Portsmouth for New York

14 June 1917 arrived at New York and loaded cargo

24 June 1917 sailed New York for Falmouth

3 July 1917 arrived at Falmouth sailing the next day for Thameshaven

5 July 1917 arrived at Thameshaven to discharge part cargo

7 July 1917 sailed Thameshaven to Sheerness arriving the same day

14 July 1917 sailed Sheerness for St. Helens Roads, Isle of Wight arriving the next day

15 July 1917 sailed St. Helens Roads, Isle of Wight to Plymouth Sound arriving the next day

19 July 1917 sailed Plymouth Sound for Port Arthur, Texas

3 August 1917 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas to load cargo

5 August 1917 at Port Arthur, Texas Seaman J Newsham, Greaser T Carey and Fireman George Sutherland each appeared before the local Court and were fined $30.90 for disorderly conduct and $25 for conveyance onboard by a Police Officer at Sabine. Greaser John Bucke also appeared before the local Court and was fined $10.80 for disorderly conduct

6 August 1917 at Sabine, Texas Chief Steward John Baker logged as a deserter. The ship then sailed for Queenstown

20 August 1917 arrived at Queenstown

6 October 1917 in a convoy from Halifax to Liverpool being escorted by HMS ARLANZA. RFA PLUMLEAF (1) was also in this convoy

16 October 1917 together with RFA PLUMLEAF (1) and escorting destroyers departed from the convoy for their destination

5 December 1917 at 44.43N 59.22W in the North Atlantic joined a convoy from Halifax to Liverpool being escorted by HMS VICTORIAN an Armed Merchant Cruiser

HMS Victorian AMC

HMS VICTORIAN

10 December 1917 HMS VICTORIAN logged that RFA ORANGELEAF (1) had dropped astern of her convoy and became a straggler

11 December 1917 rejoined convoy escorted by HMS VICTORIAN

13 December 1917 departed from convoy to her destination

19 February 1918 HMS KING ALFRED while on North Atlantic Patrol out of Halifax logged she had sighted RFA ORANGELEAF (1) and RFA PEARLEAF (1) at 51 13N 30 41W

17 June 1918 sailed Halifax to Liverpool in convoy with nine other merchant ships and being escorted by HMS ROXBURGH

HMS Roxburgh

HMS ROXBURGH

24 September 1918 at Grange Dock, Grangemouth when Apprentice Engineer Francis Gibson of 42 High Street, Falkirk was working on the upper platform in the engineroom he fell 23 feet receiving serious injuries. He was conveyed to the Falkirk Infirmary where he died on 2 October 1918.

21 October 1918 at a Fatal Accident Enquiry before Sheriff Moffatt at the Sheriff's Court, Falkirk touching on the death of Apprentice Engineer Francis Gibson the jury found as per the evidence

22 November 1918 entered New York with Captain David Evans RFA as Master and with a crew of 71

7 December 1918 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

31 March 1919 berthed at Portsmouth from Stokes Bay

1 April 1919 sailed Portsmouth

5 April 1919 berthed at Portsmouth

7 April, 1919 sailed Portsmouth

25 May 1919 at Plymouth Sound with HMS MANTIS alongside to refuel - received 40 tons FFO

5 October 1919 arrived at King George Dock, Hull from Killingholme

27 October 1919 sailed Immingham in ballast

15 November 1919 berthed at Libau in the Baltic - working parties from HMS EREBUS and HMS DAUNTLESS came onboard to collect naval stores

HMS DAUNTLESS WW1

HMS DAUNTLESS

30 January 1920 berthed at Portsmouth

31 January 1920 sailed Portmouth

7 February 1920 sailed Portsmouth

25 February 1920 berthed at Portsmouth

26 February 1920 sailed Portsmouth

24 March 1920 berthed at Gibraltar from Hull

9 August 1920 at Copenhagen alongside HMS DRAGON to refuel her

HMS Dragon 2

HMS DRAGON

4 September 1920 at Copenhagen alongside HMS DRAGON to refuel her

20 January 1921 arrived at Plymouth from Hull

28 January 1921 before Hull Magistrates' Court Greaser Arthur Nevin was charged for failing to join the ship in accordance with orders. He was fined £5 including costs

28 February 1921 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

22 March 1921 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

29 March 1921 at Devonport alongside HMS DELHI and HMS WARSPITE refuelling them

8 April 1921 sailed from Plymouth for Belfast

27 October 1921 sailed Invergordon

10 December 1921 at Rosyth

1922 to 1926 in reserve at Rosyth along with four of her sisters

12 December 1925 the Fife Free Press reported ...

Press Report 13 12 25 Fife Free press

1926 to 1932 brought out of reserve during the General Strike and was chartered to Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London

14 January 1926 before Dunfermline Sheriff's Court a fatal accident enquiry was opened before Sheriff Umpherson and jury into the death of Thomas Matthew Hume, a labourer from Rosyth who was working on the ship while berthed in Rosyth Dockyard and died on 9 December 1925 from carbon monoxide poisoning while re-lining a boiler. The jury returned a verdict that Hume had died as a result of he being allowed to enter the boiler without the 'usual safety precautions having not been carried out to clear foul air from the boiler

3 September 1927 sailed Plymouth for Fayal

4 March 1928 passed Lloyd's Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

9 September 1928 Mr John Atchison RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 September 1928 suffered fire in boiler room while at Spithead. A Fireman - Joseph Harris who was badly burnt subsequently died at Haslar Hospital on 19 September 1928. He is buried in Haslar Naval Cemetery Plot E Line 28 Grave 35 (The grave has no headstone)

15 September 1928 the Hull Daily Mail newspaper reported (including errors) ...

Fire on Orangeleaf 1

3 December 1928 passed Lloyd's Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

11 December 1928 passed Lloyd's Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

11 January 1929 Captain Richard D Williams RFA appointed as Master

Captain Richard D Williams

Captain Richard D Williams RFA

28 March 1929 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

2 April 1929 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

3 May 1929 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

7 May 1929 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 August 1929 passed Lloyd's Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

18 August 1929 while en route from Invergordon to Trinidad found the sailing ship Grace Hawar which was enroute from Australia to the UK after 123 days at sea and had run out of food. The Orangeleaf provided food to the ship. (The Times)

 

 Grace Harwar

the sailing ship Grace Harwar
source the State Library of Victoria

16 September 1929 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

18 September 1929 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

26 October 1929 passed Lloyd's Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

8 December 1929 passed Lloyd's Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

23 December 1929 included in a published list of RFA's at Devonport together with RFA ELDEROL, LIMOL, WAR NIZAM and WAR HINDOO

15 January 1930 sailed Plymouth for Trinidad

7 March 1930 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

9 April 1930 arrived Plymouth

15 May 1930 arrived at Sheerness

13 September 1930 sailed Portland Harbour

24 October 1930 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

7 December 1930 Mr George T Beed RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO George T Beed

Chief Engineer Officer George T Beed RFA

12 December 1930 berthed at Portsmouth in Dock 14. Other RFAs in Portsmouth Harbour at the same time were RFA KIMMEROL, RFA EBONOL, RFA PETRONEL, RFA PRESTOL, RFA FORTOL, RFA WAR AFRIDI, RFA WAR SIRDAR, RFA WAR SUDRA and RFA ARGO

22 December 1930 Captain George St.L Capsey RFA appointed as Master

31 December 1930 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 January 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 January 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

30 March 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

2 April 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

15 June 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour on Fountain Lake Jetty. Other RFAs and NAVs in Portsmouth at the same time were RFA KIMMEROL, RFA BRITISH LANTERN, RFA FORTOL, RFA APPLELEAF (1), NAV ISLEFORD and NAV BBISON

23 June 1931 Mr Clifford N Ansell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

6 July 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 August 1931 at Point a Pierre, San Fernando, Trinidad Ordinary Seaman John Herd Gunn discharged dead after being accidentally drowned

8 December 1931 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard east bound

17 December 1931 berthed on the River Tyne at Swan Hunters, Wallsend

19 December 1931 sailed the River Tyne for Sheerness

13 March 1932 berthed at Milford Haven after passage from Trinidad

1932 relieved RFA SERBOL as Bermuda Station Oiler for the America and West Indies Squadron

13 April 1932 Mr Leonard A Sharp RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 SHARP LEONARD ARMSTRONG

Chief Engineer Officeer Leonard A Sharp RFA

23 April 1932 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

25 April 1932 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

4 October 1932 Captain William Whiteley RFA appointed as Master

Capt William Whiteley

Captain William Whiteley RFA

1 February 1933 the ship's cat - Minnie - was discharged dead at Chatham

24 November 1933 sailed Bermuda Dockyard to sea

25 January 1935 while at Bermuda received radio call from ss Valverda in the Atlantic on fire and requiring assistance in heavy seas. Orangeleaf put to sea to render assistance with HMS FROBISHER. (The Times) - see the press cutting below dated 20 February 1936

27 December 1935 Mr W Maybray RFA (Engineer Lieutenant RNR (ret)) appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 February 1936 Captain Thomas C Robinson RFA (Lieutenant Commander RN (Rtd)) appointed as Master

20 February 1936 the Portsmouth Evening News of this day reported -

Portsmouth Even News 1936

25 July 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta for orders

5 August 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from El Ferol

14 September 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Plymouth

21 October 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Plymouth

2 November 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Vigo

16 December 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Bilbao to discharge

1937 on the West Africa Station 

18 November 1937 the claim before the King's Bench Division (see press cutting above) was appealed to the House of Lords by the owners of the Valverda and the House of Lords dismissed the Admiralty's case

3 September 1939 berthed at Bermuda together with HMS BERWICK, HMS YORK, HMS ORION, HMS AJAX, HMS EXETER, HMS PENZANCE and HMS DUNDEE

9 September 1939 at Kingston, Jamaica with HMAS PERTH alongside to refuel. 650 tons of FFO issued

HMAS Perth

HMAS PERTH

15 September 1939 sailed Kingston, Jamaica in convoy JKF.1 to Bermuda with a cargo of FFO, AVGAS and Dieso

27 September 1939 placed under the orders of HMNZS ACHILLES

14 October 1939 and 15 October 1939 refuelled HMNZS ACHILLES at Tongoy Bay, south of Coquimbo supplying 1,298 tons of FFO and 40 tons of stores

 

Orangeleaf_3

 

RFA Orangeleaf
breaking away from
HMNZS Achilles on 14/15 October 1939
after replenishing her

 

Autumn 1939 supporting Force G - the South American Cruiser Squadron in the South Atlantic and at the time of the Battle of the River Plate on 13 December 1939

28 December 1939 sailed Colon to Trinidad arriving 2 January 1940

15 January 1940 sailed Trinidad to Jamaica arriving 20 January 1940

24 January 1940 sailed Jamaica to Bermuda arriving 30 January 1940

4 March 1940 Captain Thomas C Robinson RFA (Lieutenant Commander RN (Rtd) appointed as Master

5 March 1940 Mr James E Hawthorn RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

   Image of CEO James HAWTHORN

Chief Engineer Officer James E Hawthorn RFA

 

30 March 1940 at Bermuda with RFA ABBEYDALE moored alongside - fire broke out on Abbeydale which caused damage to both ships - source Admiralty War Diary dated 31 March 1940 refers

4 April 1940 sailed Bermuda to Kingston arriving 8 April 1940

14 April 1940 sailed Kingston to Trinidad arriving 28 April 1940

7 May 1940 arrived at Kingston, Jamaica

17 May 1940 arrived at Kingston

8 June 1940 sailed Kingston to Bermuda

11 June 1940 sailed Bermuda to Kingston arriving 21 June 1940  

13 June 1940 Captain Thomas G Bennett RFA (Lieut-Commander RN (Retd)) appointed as Master

11 July 1940 arrived at Castries, St. Lucia

15 July 1940 sailed Castries, St. Lucia

29 September 1940 sailed Gibraltar escorted by HMS WISHART

1 October 1940 joined Force H south of Azores with her escort

31 January 1941 sailed Gibraltar in Operation PICKET - (air attack on Lake Omodeo Dam, central Sardinia) and Operation RESULT (the bombardment of Genoa) - in Group 4 escorted by HMS's ARTIC RANGER and HAARLEM. Operation RESULT was cancelled due to bad weather but was later carried out as Operation Grog

27 April 1941 in drydock and under repair at West Key(?), USA.

9 May 1941 sailed Gibraltar to New Orleans arriving 25 May 1941

15 June 1941 sailed New Orleans to Trinidad arriving 21 June 1941

27 June 1941 in the London Gazette of this day on page 3746 Captain Thomas G Bennett RFA (Lieut. Commander RN Retd) was awarded a 'Mention in Dispatches'

14 July 1941 sailed Trinidad to Bermuda 

15 August 1941 Captain Stanley G Kent RFA appointed as Master

19 September 1941 at Trinidad

22 September 1941 to 27 September 1941 under repair at Trinidad

28 September 1941 sailed Trinidad to Bermuda arriving 3 October 1941

4 4 October 1941 sailed Bermuda to Trinidad

14 October 1941 sailed Trinidad to Kingston arriving 17 October 1941

19 October 1941 sailed Kingston to Cristobal 

21 November 1941 sailed to Port Payta to arrive 24 November 1941 to reprovision and then sail on 25 November 1941 to join HMS DIOMEDE on patrol - source Admiralty War Diary page 550 of 7 November 1941 

2 December 1941 sailed Kingston to Trinidad

1 January 1942 reported as at Jamaica with RFA BISHOPDALE in the Admiralty War Diary of this day

16 January 1942 in collision with the British steamer s.s BOTHNIA in Convoy FTT 6 - no  recorded damage 

12 March 1942 sailed Kingston, Jamaica to Trinidad arriving 17 March 1942

8 May 1942 sailed Trinidad independently to Kingston, Jamaica arriving on the 15 May 1942

20 May 1942 sailed Kingston independently to New Orleans arriving on 29 May 1942

19 June 1942 to 23 June 1942 boiler defects repaired at New Orleans

12 August 1942 sailed New Orleans independently to Key West arriving 15 August 1942

18 August 1942 sailed Key West in convoy WAT15 to Trinidad arriving 27 August 1942

26 September 1942 Mr Harold Ringshaw RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

CEO Harold Ringshaw

Chief Engineer Officer Harold Ringshaw RFA

31 December 1942 sailed Freetown in convoy FTT6 to Trinidad arriving 15 January 1943

7 January 1943 refuelled F.S. COMMANDANT DROGOU

8 January 1943 refuelled H.M.S. HYDRANGEA

H.M.S. HYDRANGEA

HMS HYDRANGEA

9 January 1943 refuelled HMS's BRIDGEWATER and ARMERIA

24 January 1943 sailed Trinidad in convoy TAG38 to Guantanamo, Cuba  arriving 29 January 1943

29 January 1943 sailed Guantanamo, Cuba in convoy GN38 to New York arriving 6 February 1942

8 February 1943 under going repairs at New York completed 21 February 1942

28 February 1943 sailed New York in convoy HX 228 arriving Liverpool on 15 March 1943 and then on to the Clyde in Convoy WN 407. During the voyage across the Atlantic at 51.20N, 29.29W  RFA Orangeleaf saved 63 crew and 1 passenger from the ss Andrea F. Luckenbach -a US ammunition ship which had been torpedoed, exploded and sunk by the German submarine U221

9 March 1943 attempted to RAS USS Belknap (CG26) astern at 49.27N 36.19W - RAS abandoned due to rough sea conditions

24 March 1943 sailed Loch Ewe in convoy WN 407 arriving Methil on 26 March 1943

26 March 1943 sailed Methil in convoy FS1073 arriving on the Tyne the next day 

5 April 1943 Captain Cyril F Cunningham RFA appointed as Master

Captain Cyril Frederick Cunningham

Captain Cyril F Cunningham RFA

 

29 April 1943 undergoing repairs on the River Tyne until 14 May 1943

20 May 1943 in Operation Husky - Naval Operation Orders dated this day - Appendix 1 - shows ORANGELEAF (1) would be based at Algiers together with RFA's ABBEYDALE and EMPIRE SALVAGE to provide Furnace Fuel Oil

11 June 1943 sailed the Tyne and joined convoy FN1044 arriving at Methil the next day

13 June 1943 sailed Methil in convoy EN242 to Loch Ewe arriving at Oban on the 16 June 1943 along with RFA ROBERT MIDDLETON

19 June 1943 sailed Liverpool in convoy KMS 17 to Gibraltar (in ballast) and then onto Algiers. RFA's PRESTOL, ABBEYDALE, SALVEDA and SALVESTOR were in the same convoy.

23 June 1943 at Algiers with RFA's EMPIRE SALVAGE and ABBEYDALE - source Admiralty War Diary

29 June 1943 at Gibraltar arriving Algiers 3 July 1943

4 July 1943 at Algiers with USS Gherardi (DD637), USS McLanahan (DD615), USS Shubrick (DD639), USS Glennon (DD620) and USS Murphy (DDG112) alongside to refuel

5 July 1943 at Algiers with USS Nelson (DD623) alongside to refuel

16 July 1943 at Algiers with USS Woolsey (DD437) alongside to refuel - 15,210 gallons of fuel oil received

17 July 1943 at Algiers with USS Herndon (DD638) alongside to refuel

23 July 1943 at Algiers with USS Brooklyn (CL40) alongside to refuel

30 July 1943 at Algiers with USS Boise (CL47) and HMS Sirius alongside to refuel

31 July 1943 at Algiers with USS Schenck (DD159) alongside to refuel - received 5,200 gallons of fuel oil

12 August 1943 at Algiers moored alongside USS Savannah (CL42) to refuel her - supplied 431,631 galls of fuel oil and 882 gallons of aviation gasoline

18 August 1943 at Algiers with USS Dallas (DD199) alongside to refuel

9 October 1943 at Algiers moored alongside USS Boise (CL47) to refuel her 

9 November 1943 at Algiers with USS Nields (DD616) alongside to refuel

13 November 1943 at Algiers alongside USS McLanahan (DD615) and USS Tillman (DD641) alongside to refuel

22 January 1944 at Algiers with USS Wainwright (DD419) alongside to refuel

USSWainwrightDD419

USS Wainwright (DD419)

2 October 1944 sailed Algiers independently to Bizerta arriving 4 October 1944 

14 October 1944 sailed Bizerta independently to Taranto arriving two days later

29 October 1944 sailed Taranto

27 March 1945 sailed Taranto independently arrived Bari the next day

30 March 1945 sailed Bari independently to Taranto arriving the next day

3 May 1945 Captain Herbert W Flint RFA appointed as Master

11 June 1945 undergoing repairs at Taranto

16 July 1945 sailed Taranto independently to Port Said arriving 20 July 1945 for Suez Canal transit

28 July 1945 sailed Aden independently to Bombay arriving 3 August 1945

15 August 1945 Mr Arthur W Symons RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

19 August 1945 sailed Bombay

25 August 1945 sailed Colombo to join Force 155 deployed as part of Operation Jurist

5 September 1945 arrived at Singapore in support of HMS CLEOPATRA and the 6th mine sweeping flotilla on the surrender of Japanese occupying forces

HMS Cleopatra 1945 IWM FL 5210

HMS CLEOPATRA
(IWM FL5210)

8 October 1945 in port at Singapore - then sailed to Batavia

4 November 1945 at No 2 pier,Tanjong Priok harbour Batavia with HMAS ARUNTA alongside being refuelled with 270 tons of FFO

9 November 1945 sailed Batavia to Singapore arriving 12 November 1945

21 November 1945 sailed Singapore to Batavia arriving 6 December 1945

6 January 1946 at Batavia Fireman Sk Hoosein Mamood discharged dead having suffered from amoebic dysentery

4 February 1946 arrived at Singapore from Batavia

22 February 1946 entered the Dockyard for refit  - duration of 6 weeks

4 October 1946 at Singapore

6 October 1946 sailed Singapore to Colombo arriving 13 October 1946 

18 October 1946 sailed Colombo to Abadan arriving 28 October 1946

29 October 1946 sailed Abadan, passed Aden 6 November 1946. Arrived Port Said 12 November. Delayed 36 hours due to engine defects

12 November 1946 arrived Port Said after Suez Canal transit

22 November 1946 sailed Haifa for LEFO

17 April 1947 laid up at Rosyth having been destored and was then handed over to the MoT for disposal

24 December 1947 sold to BISCO for scrap

5 January 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing westwards while under tow of the tug Twyford (on charter to Risdon Beazley later to become RFA WARDEN)

25 January 1948 arrived for breaking up at T W Ward Ltd., Britton Ferry

 

 

RFA Orangeleaf (2)

 

Orangeleaf_1963

Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

 

RFA Orangeleaf 2

 

 

Previous name:                      Southern Satellite

Subsequent name:

Official Number:                     186641

Class:                                   SECOND LEAF CLASS Support Tanker

Pennant No:                          A80

Laid down:                            27 November 1953
Builder:                                 Furness Shipbuilding, Haverton Hill
Launched:                             8 February 1955             
Into Service:                         25 May 1959
Out of service:                       July 1978
Fate:                                    Broken Up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:

 

In June 1956 the London Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference discussed Britain’s future naval strategy and the vulnerability of static bases in the face of world-wide change. Consideration was given to the provision of Fleet Trains to supply warships at sea and the Admiralty announced plans to build up a force of such ships. So began a period of major Fleet modernisation with the bareboat chartering of 8 motor tankers for freighting duties that reintroduced the LEAF names to the Fleet. These 8 vessels were all broadly similar and were bareboat chartered as replacements for the DALE and WAVE Classes. Although primarily intended for freighting duties, most of them were also capable of replenishment at sea

 

8 February 1955 launched by Furness Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Haverton-Hill as Yard Nr: 468 named SOUTHERN SATELLITE for South Georgia Co Ltd., (Chr. Salvesen &  Co Ltd., Managers) Leith

8 June 1955 completed

25 November 1957 at sea Captain William J Swanson the ships Master discharged dead - natural causes

25 May 1959 bare-boat chartered by the Admiralty on the Clyde and renamed ORANGELEAF (2)

Refitted by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd

28 October 1959 Mr Ernest S R Bunker RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

8 December 1959 storm bound on the River Clyde at Glasgow

18 January 1960 Captain Frederick G Edwards OBE RFA appointed as Master

12 December 1960  Mr J Brett RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

July 1961 saw service during Operation Vantage - the Kuwait Crisis - along with 12 other RFA’s

August 1962 became the first of this Class of Leaf’s to berth alongside in Portsmouth as draft limitations had precluded their discharge there and was open to the public over the Bank Holiday Navy Days

12 September 1962 Captain William F Curlett RFA appointed as Master

13 November 1962 Mr E Smeaton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

28 February 1963 to 24 March 1963 was at Singapore undergoing repairs after a major defect had occurred

28 May 1963 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

31 May 1963 Mr J Brett RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 January 1964 Captain Dan de V Moulds RFA appointed as Master

March 1964 after an engine breakdown was towed to Colombo by RFA TIDESPRING (1) and arrived there on Easter Saturday

4 June 1964 Mr E S Brazier RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

6 September 1964 in the Indian Ocean RASed HMS MOWHAWK

19 October 1964 in the Persian Gulf RASed HMS MOWHAWK - 90 tons of FFO supplied

2 November 1964 in the Indian Ocean RASed HMS MOWHAWK

22 July 1965 Captain A Jackson OBE RFA appointed as Master

4 October 1965 Mr J Brett RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 January 1966 off Sandakan with RFA EDDYROCK alongside - pump over. Also HMAS DUCHESS alongside being refuelled

22 January 1966 off Balut Island in the Moro Gulf refuelled HMAS IBIS alongside

25 January 1966 off Tawau with HMAS DUCHESS alongside being refuelled also RFA EDDYROCK alongside - pump over

6 September 1966 Captain P J McCarthy RFA appointed as Master

16 June 1967 Mr H W Jackinson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

November 1967 the USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) and the Italian frigate Carlo Martgottini (F595) being RASed during a Nato exercise

 RFA Orangeleaf A80 refueling USS Shangri-La CVA-38 and Carlo Martgottini F595 c1967

US Department of Defense

22 April 1968 was a target for HMS/m RESOLUTION which fired two dummy torpedoes at Orangeleaf. The torpedoes went under the Orangeleaf and surfaced the other side of her to be recovered and re-used

1969 suffered a tank explosion whilst at Falmouth

23 May 1969 Captain J D G Gray RFA appointed as Master

2 June 1969 RAS'ed with HMS BULWALK

12 November 1969 the press reported that a South African fishing trawler the 100 ton Tracyjon was lost with her 22 crew members missing after she sent an SOS message when she was about 100 nmiles north west of Cape Town. Involved in the search with the Orangeleaf (2) was the Italian cruise liner Angelina Lauro and three other ships

13 December 1969 west of Api Passage RAS'ed with HMS WHITBY and HMAS DUCHESS

16 June 1970 visisted Pitcain Island delivering eight bags of mail, rice and meat. Supporting RFA SIR PERCIVALE

13 April 1971 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

14 April 1972 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

6 November 1972 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

12 June 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 20 June 1973

April 1974 - from Force 4 - Captain Herbert J C Wheatley RFA was in command. Had loaded cargo in the Persian Gulf in late December 1973 and sailed for Gibraltar to partially unload. Then had been engaged in the support of HM ships visiting various ports in the Caribbean are and in the United States of America. She was due to return to the UK in April 1974 for a short refit before undertaking various tasks around the UK and a visit to Curacao

Captain Herbert Wheatley

Captain Herbert J C Wheatley RFA

July 1978 arrived Singapore on expiry of her charter and was returned to her owners

12 July 1978 purchased by Goldwills (Hong Kong) Ltd for demolition

14 September 1978 arrived for breaking up after resale to Samsung Co Ltd at Seoul, South Korea

 

Notes:

 

1. Was the first of this Class of Leaf’s to use the WARRIOR berth at Pembroke to load fuel.

2. Was one of the 17 tankers employed in the Mozchan on Beira Patrol duties

 

 

 

 

RFA Orangeleaf (3)

RFA Orangeleaf

SDC10096

 

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Previous name:                       Hudson Progress, Balder London
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                      386245

Class:                                    THIRD LEAF CLASS Support Tanker

Pennant No:                           A110

Laid down:
Builder:                                  Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Launched:                              12 February 1975
Into Service:                           2 May 1984

Out of service:                        30 September 2015
Fate:

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:

 

On 27 October 1978 it was announced that the MoD (N) was to charter two laid up STaT 32 standard product tankers which had originally formed part of a four-ship order for commercial owners. After three of the ships had been laid down, the owners ran into financial difficulties and found that they were unable to accept the new ships. As they were the only mercantile order then in hand, the builders completed the three ships, and after running trials, they were laid up, two at Liverpool and one at Birkenhead. After some time had elapsed, the builders took over ownership of the ships by forming three subsidiary companies which then offered the ships for sale or charter. These eventually became RFA’s APPLELEAF (3), BRAMBLELEAF (3) and ORANGELEAF (3). Some years later, the fourth ship from this original order was built as RFA BAYLEAF (3). All four ships had additional accommodation and full RAS capabilities fitted and became useful units in the Fleet. Later on, a fifth vessel was chartered and was renamed  RFA OAKLEAF(2), but she differed considerably from the earlier four Leafs

 

October 1973 a loan of £4,296,160 was secured with Barclays Bank for her construction costs. Laid down

12 February 1975 launched by Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd, Birkenhead as Yard Nr: 1362 named  HUDSON PROGRESS for John Hudson Fuel and Shipping Ltd (Hudson Steamship Co, Managers) Brighton .The Lady Sponsor was Mrs J.E. Appleby, wife of Mr John Appleby, Managing Director of Hudson Steamship Co Ltd.

July 1975 ran builder’s trials and on completion of these was laid up at Birkenhead and was transferred to the ownership of Moonchase Ltd, a subsidiary of the builders

December 1976 owners and builders agreed financial terms that enabled her repossession

13 February 1978 at Tilbury

8 April 1978 at Portland Dockyard

June 1979 purchased by Lloyds Industrial Leasing Ltd, London

26 June 1979 sailed from the Mersey for trials on the Clyde

28 June 1979 completed

July 1979 leased to Parley Augustsson (Management) AS, Oslo and renamed BALDER LONDON

 

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13 May 1982 sailed Portsmouth after being requisitioned for service during Operation Corporate -  the Falklands Conflict

17 April 1984 at Falmouth

2 May 1984 bare-boat chartered by MoD (N) and formally renamed ORANGELEAF (3) by Mr A  Kemp, DST (SF)

9 May 1984 arrived Falmouth for partial conversion

23 June 1984 at Invergordon

15 October 1984 at Falmouth

5 December 1984 on the River Tyne

September 1985 arrived on the Tyne for full conversion

2 May 1986 conversion completed and entered operational service

18 May 1988 berthed on Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

13 June 1988 sailed Portsmouth as part of Task Group 318.1 - the Outback 88 Deployment led by the carrier HMS ARK ROYAL - along with RFA’s FORT GRANGE and OLWEN (2)

17 December 1988 at Portland

14 April 1989 at Plymouth

1989 was awarded an inscribed plaque by the General Council of British Shipping to commemorate her service on Armilla Patrol between November 1986 and 20 August 1988 when the “Accompanying Policy” was in force. Other recipients were RFA’s APPLELEAF (3), BRAMBLELEAF (3), DILIGENCE, OLNA (3) and TIDESPRING

19 June 1989 berthed at Immingham and Mr Robert Settle RFA appointed Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Bob Settle

Chief Engineer Officer Robert Settle RFA

6 December 1989 berthed at Jebel Ali

9 August 1990 supported the destroyer HMS YORK following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait whilst on Armilla Patrol in the Gulf when Operation Granby - the Gulf War - was approved

6 September 1990 Captain Mike Farley RFA was Commanding Officer. RASed USS Reid (FFG30) and USS Vandegrift (FFG48) in the Persian Gulf

9 February 1991 Motorman (MM1) Peter J Harris discharged dead - collapsed and died at Bahrein Airport while returning to the UK

1991 was awarded the Kuwait 1991 Battle Honour along with 10 other RFA’s

14 August 1992 berthed at Fort Lauderdale and Captain Pat Thompson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

14 August 1992 to 28 August 1992 humanitarian relief - supported the destroyer HMS CARDIFF and the frigate HMS CAMPBELTOWN in the West Indies in the wake of Hurricane Andrew

22 December 1992 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida

7 March 1993 at Gibraltar

1 July 1993 at Plymouth

15 July 1993 berthed at Devonport

April 1994 Captain Dale Worthington RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

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Captain Dale Worthington RFA

4 July 1995 berthed at Devonport and Captain Pat Thompson OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

3 February 1996 berthed on the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

14 October 1997 to 30 October 1997 supported the frigate HMS MONMOUTH and FS SURCOUF off Pointe Noire in West Africa on Operation Kingfisher - in readiness for evacuation during the deteriorating political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

7 November 1997 together with HMS MONMOUTH made an informal visited to Tema, Ghana for seven days

11 February 1998 ordered to stand by off Sierra Leone with the frigate HMS MONMOUTH as part of Operation Resilient - to provide humanitarian assistance during the Civil War in the region

18 January 1999 to 26 March 1999 in refit at Hebburn on Tyne

20 April 1999 at Plymouth

9 March 1920 RASed with USS Lake Champlain (CG57) - practice only with no fuel being supplied

USS Lake Champlain CG57

USS Lake Champlain (CG57)

2001 purchased by MoD (N)

12 July 2001 to 14 July 2001 berthed at Gibraltar

8 March 2002 to 14 March 2002 berthed at Gibraltar

22 May 2002 to 27 May 2002 berthed at Malaga, Spain

10 June 2002 to 14 June 2002 berthed at Valencia, Spain

11 September 2002 to 19 September 2002 berthed at Gibraltar

25 October 2002 to 4 November 2002 berthed at Gibraltar

8 November 2002 to 11 November 2002 berthed at Gibraltar

30 November 2002 Captain Brian J Waters OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain Brian Waters

Captain Brian J Waters OBE RFA

29 November 2002 deployed with RFA FORT VICTORIA, HMS MARLBOROUGH and HMS LIVERPOOL in Exercise Flying Fish while part of Naval Task Group 2003

13 January 2003 at Gibraltar

24 January 2003 berthed at Gibraltar

2 February 2003 to 28 May 2003 deployed for Operation Telic - the 2nd Gulf War - along with 13 other RFA’s

18 May 2003 to 21 May 2003 together with RFA's SIR BEDIVERE and SIR PERCIVALE visited Malta

29 May 2003 returned to Portsmouth on completion of Operation Telic duties

17 June 2003 in the Baltic RASed with USS Vella Gulf (CG72) during the naval exercise Baltops 2003

27 June 2003 passed down the Kiel Canal, Germany

15 October 2003 berthed alongside at Gibraltar

27 October 2003 to 31 October 2003 together with HMS SOMERSET visited Koper, Slovenia

20 December 2003 Captain (E) Graham Turner RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Graham Turner

Captain (E) Graham Turner RFA

23 January 2004 involved with Maltese and Italian authorities and aircraft in the rescue of an Italian fishing vessel Giuseppina Madre which reported it was in difficulties some 65 nautical miles SE of Malta. She stood by throughout the operation and subsequently tried to salvage the vessel but this proved impossible due to the severe weather conditions and it was abandoned

24 to 30 January 2004 at Malta

15 August 2004 Chief Officer (X) Duncan L Lamb RFA appointed as Acting Commanding Officer

 

Commodore Lamb

Acting Captain (X) Duncan L Lamb RFA

 

15 September 2004 berthed at Glen Mallon

17 December 2004 berthed at Gibraltar

13 January 2005 sailed from Gibraltar

17 January 2005 at Devonport sailing on 20 January 2005

21 February 2005 at Loch Striven and Captain Trevor J Iles RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

7 March 2005 FOST support until 14 March 2005

11 April 2005 at Loch Striven

19 April 2005 berthed at Gibraltar

28 April 2005 sailed from Gibraltar

4 June 2005 anchored off Douglas, Isle of Man - LH (Cook) Keith Rice and Seaman 1A Mark Petre discharged dead having been lost overboard

22 June 2005 at Portland

28 June 2005 took part in the International Fleet Review for Trafalgar 200 at Spithead along with RFA’s ARGUS, FORT GEORGE, FORT VICTORIA, SIR BEDIVERE, SIR GALAHAD (2), SIR TRISTRAM and WAVE RULER (2)

19 August 2005 berthed at Gibraltar

27 August 2005 sailed from Gibraltar

11 September 2005 at Plymouth

19 September 2005 at Devonport

26 September 2005 FOST work-up

2 October 2005 at Loch Striven to load

4 October 2005 at Garelochead

14 October 2005 at Plymouth

2 January 2006 until 16 January 2006 FOST tanker support

27 January 2006 at Devonport

10 February 2006 arrived at Portland on completion of FOST tanker support duties

3 March 2006 at Loch Striven

10 March 2006 returned to Faslane on completion of Exercise Neptune Warrior

14 and 15 March 2006 chartered by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) for use as a 'casualty' during Exercise Bluewater during which ships, aircraft and others facilities carried out an extensive Maritime Emergency Response and Counter Pollution exercises off the South West coast of the UK

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RFA Orangeleaf during Operation Bluewater
© MCA 2006 – both images

 

10 April 2006 Captain Anthony McNally RFA appointed as Commanding Officer until 1 July 2006

11 July 2006 at Torpoint

21 March 2007 at Birkenhead

5 August 2007 arrived in the Clyde Areas

22 August 2006 Captain (E) Graham Turner RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 September 2007 at Devonport

25 September 2007 arrived Falmouth sailing the next day

28 September 2007 completed FOST training

26 October 2007 at Devonport

12 January 2008 arrived at Devonport

28 January 2008 at Devonport

21 March 2008 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 April and 4 April 2008 berthed on the Oil Fuel Jetty at Gosport thence FOST tanker support

23 June 2008 at Plymouth Sound

29 June 2008 arrived at Loch Striven

25 August 2008 alongside at Portland Harbour

8 September 2008 entered Devonport

25 October 2008 at Plymouth Sound

1 March 2009 at Plymouth Sound

March 2009 FOST training and then FOST Tanker support until refit date

15 August 2009 at Loch Striven

16 August 2009 on the River Clyde

30 August 2009 arrived Bidston, Merseyside

23 October 2009 entered No: 5 Dock, Merseyside

15 March 2010 at Birkenhead

3 April 2010 arrived at Liverpool

22 April 2010 exit Alfred Dock, Liverpool

23 April 2010 returned to Bidston after completing trials port-refit

30 April 2010 arrived Devonport post-refit

12 May 2010 at Loch Striven

3 June 2010 at Portland Harbour

15 June 2010 at Portland Harbour

17 June 2010 entered Portsmouth Harbour

28 June 2010 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

4 July 2010 at Plymouth

August 2010 Captain Ross Ferris OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

30 August 2010 moored to C Buoy, Plymouth Sound

September 2010 FOST

17 September 2010 entered Plymouth Sound from sea

1 October 2010 sailed Devonport for Portland

15 October 2010 Captain Anthony McNally RFA appointed as Commanding Officer until 18 December 2010

13 November 2010 moored to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound

8 January 2011 at Plymouth

14 March 2011 at Plymouth

30 April 2011 alongside at Yonderberry Oil Fuel Depot, Devonport

12 May 2011 at Plymouth

18 June 2011 sailed Plymouth Sound to sea

8 July 2011 arrived at Devonport

12 August 2011 berthed at Gibraltar

18 August 2011 berthed at Gibraltar

21 August 2011 sailed Gibraltar

30 August 2011 sailed Yonderberry Pier, Devonport to sea

9 September 2011 entered Portland Harbour

15 October 2011 Captain (E) Graham Turner RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

28 November 2011 berthed at Portland Harbour

6 January 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound

10 January 2012 at Portland

7 February 2012 various locations south of Portland Bill

27 February 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound to sea

26 March 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound to sea

5 April 2012 engaged in the 'Thursday War' in the English Channel protected by the USS Forest Sherman (DDG98)

7 April 2012 20 miles ESE of Berry Head found the trimaran Starship with crew members unwell onboard. Medical assistance was given. The Torbay lifeboat was called and the trimaran was towed into Brixham harbour

13 May 2012 sailed Devonport to sea

31 May 2012 entered Brest Harbour, France

3 June 2012 sailed Brest, France

15 July 2012 sailed Portland to sea

20 July 2012 arrived at Plymouth Sound

26 July 2012 berthed alongside at Portland with RFA MOUNTS BAY also alongside

27 July 2012 Captain (E) Graham Turner RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

2 August 2012 sailed Portland to sea returning later the same day

8 August 2012 sailed Portland to Devonport arriving on 10 August 2012

14 August 2012 alongside at Devonport

25 August 2012 sailed Plymouth to sea

31 August 2012 arrived at Plymouth Sound

3 September 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound to sea

9 September 2012 sailed Portland Harbour to sea

13 September 2012 entered Devonport

21 September 2012 sailed Yonderberry Jetty, Devonport to Plymouth Sound

23 September 2012 arrived at Birkenhead

8 February 2013 alongside at Liverpool

3 March 2013 sailed Liverpool

17 March 2013 sailed Liverpool

19 March 2013 berthed at Loch Striven NATO Fuel Depot

27 March 2013 sailed Loch Striven NATO Fuel Depot

29 March 2013 arrived at Portland Harbour

14 April 2013 sailed Portland Harbour

17 April 2013 anchored at Portland Harbour

21 April 2013 sailed Portland Harbour

23 April 2013 MOBEX exercise

29 April 2013 made fast to C Buoy, Plymouth Sound

5 May 2013 sailed Plymouth Sound

6 May 2013 Galley Fire Exercise

10 May 2013 made fast to C Buoy, Plymouth Sound

13 May 2013 sailed Plymouth Sound

14 May 1913 RASed with HMS PORTLAND

15 May 2013 made fast to C Buoy, Plymouth Sound

17 May 2013 sailed Plymouth Sound

25 May 2013 berthed at Portland Harbour

1 June 1913 at Portland

12 June 2013 sailed Portland Harbour

25 June 2013 sailed Plymouth

6 July 2013 secured to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound

15 July 2013 sailed from Plymouth Sound

16 July 2013 RASed HMS PORTLAND

18 July 2013 secured to C Buoy, Plymouth Sound

22 July 2013 sailed Plymouth

23 July 2013 RASed HMS PORTLAND

25 July 2013 secured to C Buoy, Plymouth Sound

29 July 2013 sailed Plymouth Sound and RASed RFA LYME BAY and TOWEX with HMS PORTLAND

2 August 2013 berthed alongside Q Pier at Portland

18 August 2013 alongside at Portland

6 September 2013 sailed Portland

8 September 2013 at Loch Striven Oil Fuel Jetty in ballast

13 September 2013 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Capt Kim Watts

Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA

17 September 2013 sailed Loch Striven

18 September 2013 berthed at Alexandra Dock No 2, Liverpool

21 September 2013 moved berth from Alexandra Dock to Cammell Lairds No 5 Dry Dock

9 October 2013 No 5 Dry Dock flooded up

10 October 2013 sailed Liverpool for Loch Striven

12 October 2013 berthed at Loch Striven loading cargo

13 October 2013 sailed Loch Striven to join Exercise Joint Warrior

14 October 2013 during Exercise Joint Warrior RASed with HMS PORTLAND

15 October 2013 during Exercise Joint Warrior RASed with HMS NORTHUMBERLAND

16 October 2013 during Exercise Joint Warrior in company with HMS NORTHUMBERLAND

18 October 2013 entered Plymouth Sound and made fast to 'C' Buoy

22 October 2013 sailed Plymouth Sound to sea

24 October 2013 entered Plymouth Sound and made fast to 'C' Buoy

26 October 2013 sailed Plymouth Sound to sea

3 November 2013 berthed at Portland

4 November 2013 sailed Portland

7 November 2013 berthed at No 1 Jetty, Devonport

11 November 2013 sailed from No 1 Jetty, Devonport to sea

22 November 2013 berthed on the Deep Water Berth, Portland

25 November 2013 sailed Portland

28 November 2013 entered Plymouth Sound and made fast to 'C' Buoy

2 December 2013 sailed Plymouth Sound to sea

6 December 2013 anchored in No: 23 anchorage in Plymouth Sound

8 December 2013 sailed Plymouth Sound to sea

9 December 2013 berthed on the Deep Water Berth, Portland

11 December 2013 sailed Portland

12 December 2013 berthed on the Deep Water Berth, Portland

4 January 2014 sailed Portland eastwards into the North Sea

9 January 2014 berthed at Portland

10 February 2014 sailed Portland

28 March 2014 for two weeks off the West Coast of Scotland together with HMS BULWALK and other Nato ships involved in Exercise Joint Warrior including a board and search exercise by a boarding team from HMS BULWALK on ORANGELEAF

11 April 2014 arrived at Plymouth Sound and made fast to C Buoy

15 April 2014 sailed Plymouth Sound

16 April 2014 berthed alongside at Portland

21 April 2014 sailed Portland

24 April 2014 arrived at Plymouth Sound and made fast to C Buoy

28 April 2014 sailed Plymouth Sound

1 May 2014 arrived at Plymouth Sound and made fast to C Buoy

3 May 2014 sailed Plymouth Sound

5 May 2014 at Finnart thence alongside at Glen Mallen

7 May 2014 berthed at Loch Striven NATO Fuel Jetty - port side to

14 May 2014 sailed Loch Striven NATO Fuel Jetty to No: 5 anchorage Clyde Estuary

16 May 2014 berthed at Loch Striven NATO Fuel Jetty - port side to

29 May 2014 sailed Loch Striven NATO Fuel Jetty

30 May 2014 in the Celtic Sea at 51.15N 6.03W steaming south

31 May 2014 berthed on No 1 Jetty Devonport  - port side to

7 June 2014 sailed Plymouth

8 June 2014 anchored at No 1 anchorage, Liverpool 

9 June 2014 arrived at Birkenhead for refit

August 2014 refit stopped and laid up at Birkenhead

30 September 2015 ceased to be an RFA

24 February 2016 sailed under tow from Birkenhead for Turkey and the ship breakers

Orleaf to the scrapyard

RFA Orangeleaf being turned in Alfred Basin, Birkenhead

Oleaf to breakers via Mersey 

 RFA Orangeleaf in the Mersey at the start of her tow to the ship breakers

 

14 March 2016 arrived under tow at Leyal's ship breakers at Aliaga, Turkey

31 March 2016 her demolition is well underway -

 

Photo 31Mar2016

23 May 2016 her demise is nearly complete

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