RFA Sir Lancelot

RFA Sir Lancelot

 

 

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RFA Sir Lancelot

 

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                        Lowland Lancer, RSS Perseverance, Glenn Braveheart,  ARK

Official Number:                                     305889


Class:                                           SIR LANCELOT CLASS Landing Ship Logistics

Pennant No:                                 L3029

Laid down:                                    March 1962
Builder:                                         Fairfield S & E
Launched:                                    25 June 1963
Into Service:                                 16 January 1964
Out of service:                               31 March 1989
Fate:                                            Scrapped

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   In December 1961 the following announcement was made: War Office Military Supply Ship: “A 6000t ocean-going twin screw military supply vessel has been ordered by the MOT from the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd at Govan, who are to develop the final specifications of the ship, which is expected to cost about £1million. Building will start around February 1962 and the ship is expected to be in service late in 1963 or early in 1964. The design calls for a fast troop and vehicle carrier capable of discharging onto beaches. She will have bow and stern loading facilities for tanks and military vehicles, ramp loading hatches, cargo handling cranes and provision for carrying and launching pontoons. A helicopter will be carried aft, and on completion she will have a Merchant Navy crew and will be managed by the British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd” In March 1963 it was announced that tenders were to be invited for a further two vessels at a cost of £2 million each and all 3  would then replace 13 former Tank Landing Ships and would be part of an eventual Class of 5 or 6 ships, all of which would be named after Knights of the Round Table. The final 3 vessels were ordered in April 1965, and in December 1968 it was announced that as from January 1970, the management of these 6 vessels, as well as that of 1 ex-LST, would be transferred to the RFA

 

November 1959 staff requirement specification was completed

August 1960 the design was approved by the Army Chief of Staff for a prototype to be built

29 June 1962 laid down as LSL 01

25 June 1963 launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan as Yard Nr 818 named SIR LANCELOTfor the Ministry of Transport. The Lady Sponsor was the Lady  Padmor

16 January 1964 completed and placed under management of British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London

14 June 1964 arrived at Malta

1 December 1964 sailed Malta for the UK

30 July 1965 berthed at Singapore with 1st Battalion Queen's Own Scottish Borderers on board for Jungle Warfare training in Johore

1 September 1965 berthed at Singapore

20 June 1966 sailed Singapore with 62 officers and men of B Squadron 16th/5th Queens Royal Lancers together with eight Centurion tanks

27 August 1966 berthed at Singapore with some 250 British and Australian troops which had been collected from Sibu, Sarawak 

26 September 1966 berthed at Singapore from Jesselton with 250 members of 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment who were returning to the UK by air from Singapore

29 June 1968 together with mv Sir Galahad (1) (before RFA service), HMS INTREPID, two SRN6 hovercraft, 10,000 members of the Armed Forces and 100 Aircraft involved in Exercise Lath on the East Coast of Malaysia 

3 January 1970 management transferred to the RFA

7 January 1971 sailed Singapore with 300 tons of relief supplies for the victims of the West Malaysian flood victims which had been donated by the Government and people of Singapore

25 January 1971 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

23 March 1972 arrived Malta to load stores and equipment

30 March 1972 sailed Malta for the UK

30 October 1972 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

11 June 1973 to 18 June 1973 Alerted to provide assistance to the Sultan of Oman’s Forces beleagured at Simba in  Operation Simbaalong with RFA STROMNESS

30 August 1973 sailed Malta for Cyprus with 41 Commando, Royal Marines

2 October 1973 arrived at Malta from Cyprus with RFA Sir Galahad. Both ships carried members of 41 Commando, Royal Marines

19 February 1977 in collision with the Algerian-registered DJURDJURA off Calshot Pillar Buoy in Southampton Water and had to return to Marchwood Military Port for  repairs

10 March 1978 Captain Shane Redmond RFA appointed as Master

9 March 1979 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta to assist in the run down of British Forces on the Island

22 March 1979 Major Ian Martin and 100 members of Salerno Company, Royal Marines who had marched from RAF Luqa embarked

30 March 1979 sailed from Grand Harbour, Malta the day before British Forces left the Island for good with Salerno Company, Royal Marines

5 April 1982 sailed Marchwood Military Port for service during  Operation Corporate- the Falklands Conflict- with 305 troops and 3 Scout helicopters embarked

7 April 1982 the Amphibious Landing Force assembled at sea . The other ships were RFA’s SIR GALAHAD(1), SIR GERAINT, SIR PERCIVALEand PEARLEAF(2)

19 April 1982 arrived Ascension Island

29 April 1982 sailed Ascension Island in company with RFA’s SIR GALAHAD(1), SIR GERAINT, SIR PERCIVALE, SIR TRISTRAMand PLUMLEAF (2) and HM ships FEARLESS, INTREPID and ANTELOPE

8 May 1982 entered the TEZ (Total Exclusion Zone) around the Falkland Islands

21 May 1982 entered San Carlos Water with the Amphibious Landing Group

May 1982 became the Special Forces HQ in San Carlos Water

24 May 1982 was twice hit by 1000 lb bombs in San Carlos Water, but the bombs did not explode but caused damage from a fire in her troop accommodation and she was abandoned. All 240 personnel aboard were taken ashore to Red Beach by LCU’s and spent the night in a disused refrigeration plant

25 May 1982 her personnel were transferred to RFA STROMNESSand she was again bombed in San Carlos Water but again the bombs failed to explode, although they did cause damage to the Sgt‘s Mess and the Galley on the port side

26 May 1982 ship’s Company transferred to RFA SIR TRISTRAM at sea

27 May 1982 four Volunteer Bomb Disposal Team return to the ship to secure the bomb

29 May 1982 bomb was removed and lowered into the water

3 June 1982 ship’s company returned aboard to continue repairs

5 June 1982 was repaired and power was restored

26 July 1982 returned to Portsmouth on completion of Operation Corporate duties ADT

16 January 1985 was presented with her Falkland Islands 1982 Battle Honourat Portsmouth by Captain C.G. Butterworth, the Chief Marine Superintendent at the time

3 February 1987 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

24 July 1987 at North Shields, River Tyne

9 December 1987 sailed Marchwood Military Port to Agadir, Morocco loaded with Chieftain tanks from Bovington

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Off loading at Agadir

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One of the off loaded tanks outside the Harbour Master's Office at Agadir 
The above two images donated by and copyright © Dave Malley
 

21 December 1987 arrived back at Marchwood Military Port with the tanks

19 February 1989 Captain Pat Thompson RFA appointed as Master

31 March 1989 arrived  Marchwood Military Port for the final time for disposal

1 June 1989 was purchased for £339,500 by Lowline (Rambler) Ltd (Lowline Ltd, Managers)  London

13 June 1989 was handed over to her new owners at Marchwood Military Port and was renamed LOWLAND LANCER

6 June 1990 carried out feasibility trials using the linkspan at Weymouth for a proposed Cross-Channel ferry service. Was damaged aft when a gust of wind blew her quarter against the quayside. The ferry service did not prove a success

19 January 1991 sailed Cardiff for St Helena as a temporary replacement for the liner RMS ST HELENA which had incurred major damage to her starboard engine during a voyage from Cape Town to Cardiff. The damage necessitated a new starboard engine being fitted at Falmouth

 

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After sale commercially as Lowland Lancer

1992 operated as a floating casino, based at Cape Town under the banner of Southern Offshore Leisure  and took gamblers outside the 3mile limit as gambling at that time was illegal in South Africa

October 1992 was purchased by the Government of Singapore  Department of Defence for operation as a Transport in the Singaporean Navy

5 May 1994 commissioned in the Singaporean Navy and renamed as RSS Perseverance (L 206) - Commander by Major Son Guan Huat

12 August 1995 involved in NAval Exercises with the Pakistan Navy in the Singapore Straits and the South China Sea

December 1997 used in the recovery operation of the MI 185 Silk Air air-crash in Palembang

5 January 2000 sailed East Timor with 91 members of the Singapore Armed Forces on board

October 2001 decommissioned for conversion into a submarine support ship manned by a civilian crew but still under Singaporean Navy control. She proved to be slightly too large for  this role.

December 2003 purchased by Glenn Defence Marine (Asia) Pte Ltd, Singapore for S$1.65m and refitted and converted for a further S$3m for service on security duties around the port of Singapore

January 2004 supporting diving operations in a search and rescue effort after patrol vessel RSS Courageous collided with a container ship.

2 March 2004 berthed in Port Klang with a mixed crew of 46 - 25 Nepalese, 10 Myanmars, 10 Filipinos and a Bruneian

24 May 2004 registered in Panama and renamed GLENN BRAVEHEART

2 February 2005 detained in Hong Kong by the PSC Section in that country for ISM RELATED DEFICIENCIES: resources and personnel, RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS: reserve source of energy, other (radio), ITU publication not available, FIRE SAFETY MEASURES: fire-damper

4 February 2005 released from Hong Kong

 
ISM RELATED DEFICIENCIES: resources and personnel,
RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS: reserve source of energy, other (radio), ITU
publication not available, FIRE SAFETY MEASURES: fire-damperISM RELATED DEFICIENCIES: resources and personnel,RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS: reserve source of energy, other (radio), ITUpublication not available, FIRE SAFETY MEASURES: fire-damper

2008 renamed ARK by her owners

12 March 2008 beached Chittagong for demolition by Bangladeshi breakers

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Sir Lancelot under the ship breakers torch at Chittagong

© Robert Smith 28 March 2008

 

Notes:

 

Was named after one of the 35 Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian legend who was carried off by the Lady of the Lake as an infant and she instructed him in the duties of knighthood until he was 18. He and Queen Guenievre fell in love and had an adulterous affair. The Queen was sentenced to be burnt at the stake but was rescued by Sir Lancelot. He became the father of Sir Galahad

 

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