GATLING_1085

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Lower image courtesy of Rossbay - NAV Gatling at Lisahally

 

Previous name:
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Official Number                                 180827

                                                                       
Class:                                               GATLING CLASS Armament Stores Carrier

Pennant No:                                     A376

Laid down:
Builder:                                             Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew
Launched:                                         9 July 1945
Into Service:                                      25 October 1945
Out of service:                                   January 1970

Fate:                                                Scrapped 2 March 1970

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Information: - One of a group of five coasters which were not normally classed as RFA’s They are included here as the ancestors of the more modern ammunition ships These five ships were designed by the Director of Naval Construction to the requirements of the Naval Armament Department. They were designed for Pacific Operations to carry ammunition from larger ships offshore which were of too deep a draught to go close inshore to the coastal areas or small harbours and had their bottoms strengthened to permit grounding when loaded if required. This was a 1943 plan connected with a future invasion of Japan. As there was no requirement to carry large naval guns they were provided with two cargo holds. The order for them was placed in October 1944 and none of them was completed before the end of hostilities, which meant that only one of them (GATLING) was needed to proceed to the Far east to assist in the rehabilitation of Singapore. GATLING and NORDENFELT were completed to mercantile standards and were registered and classed with Lloyds Register and were run on National Maritime Board conditions, while the other three were on “Yard Craft” Dockyard agreements and were completed with naval style accommodation.

 

9 July 1945 launched by Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew as Yard Nr: 1085 named GATLING

25 October 1945 completed to Mercantile Standards

9 June 1946 arrived Singapore to assist in that port’s rehabilitation

9 August 1948 berthed at Trincomalee

23 August 1948 Mr Charles F Richards appointed as Chief Engineer Officer when the ship was at Trincomalee. He remained as Chief Engineer Officer until 8 October 1949 at Trincomalee when he was discharged sick

4 September 1948 berthed at Karachi

17 November 1948 at Bombay

14 December 1948 at Cochin - Chief Officer A Hawkins promoted and appointed as Master

15 November 1949 Captain Alfred M Conrade appointed as Master while the ship was at Trincomalee

CONRADE ALFRED MALTBY

Captain Alfred M Conrade

23 November 1949 Mr R Wallsworth appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 February 1950 arrived at Port Said 

15 March 1950 arrived at Malta

5 April 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

11 May 1950 Captain W H E G Praill appointed as Master

17 May 1950 Mr J P Dean appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 July 1950 berthed at Rosyth

12 August 1950 arrived at South Shields

25 August 1950 at Milford Haven

28 August 1950 Mr D Williams appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 October 1950 berthed at Belfast

3 November 1950 at Rosyth

30 December 1952 Captain W H E G Praill appointed as Master

18 April 1953 Mr W T Green appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

18 June 1953 took part in the Spithead Fleet Review in line H with RFA's FORT DUNVEGAN, AMHERST and OLNA (2)

5 July 1955 while on passage to Portsmouth and 10 miles south of Portland found the body of a man floating in the sea. Recovered the body and he was landed at the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar

January 1970 on the Disposal List

2 March 1970 arrived Passage West in tow for demolition by Haulbowline Industries Ltd

 

Notes:

 

  1. Based at Naval Armaments Depots at Singapore and Priddy's Hard between 1945 and 1959

 

 

Gold_Ranger_1964

Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA Gold Ranger

 

Official Number:                             168175

Class:                                           RANGER CLASS Fleet Attendant Oiler

Pennant No:                                  X30 / A130

Laid down:                                    14 May 1940
Builder:                                          Caledon, Dundee
Launched:                                     12 March 1941
Into Service:                                  4 July 1941
Out of service:                               July 1973
Fate:                                             Broken up at Hong Kong

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  The six ships in this Class were designed in the mid - 1930’s by Rowland Baker as replacements for the 2,000t BELGOL CLASS and were the first Admiralty-designed tankers since the 1917 5,000t FAST LEAF CLASS. As originally built, for camouflage purposes, they had canvas deckhouses, a dummy plate funnel forward, their foremast was on the starboard bow, the wheelhouse was offset to port, and in some cases their genuine funnel was cut low and was on the port quarter, fitted with a spark arrester. Originally armed with 1 x 4” LA, 1 x 12 pdr HA/LA and several Lewis guns, as the War progressed the armament fits altered and finally averaged 1 x 4” HA, 1 x 40mm Bofors and 4 x single 20mm Oerlikons. These vessels served extensively as Escort Tankers on the Russian Convoys, Norwegain coastal raids, Malta Convoys and with the British Pacific Fleet. Apart from GRAY RANGER which became a War Loss, the Class had exceptionally long Service lives and were finally replaced by the ROVER CLASS

 

12 March 1941 launched by Caledon Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Dundee as Yard Nr 389 named GOLD RANGER

 March 1941 Mr Reginald R Darroch RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Reginald R DARROCH

Chief Engineer Officer Reginald R Darroch RFA

26 June 1941 Captain Percival H Brooke RFA appointed as Master

 BROOKE PERCIVAL HENRY

Captain Percival H Brooke RFA

4 July 1941 completed

5 July 1941 sailed Dundee to join the Fleet Fuelling Service arriving at Grangemouth the same day

7 July 1941 sailed Grangemouth

11 July 1941 at Leith Docks

27 July 1941 arrived Methil Roads

31 July 1941 sailed Methil Roads

8 August 1941 arrived Scapa Flow for OAS trials remaining there until 9 December 1941

August 1941 undertook OAS trials with the heavy cruiser HMS BERWICK using the Trough Method

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HMS BERWICK

3 November 1941 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK to refuel her with 551 tons of FFO

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HMS DUKE OF YORK

12 December 1941 sailed Lyness to the Clyde arriving the next day

15 December 1941 at Glasgow for repairs remaining on the Clyde and area until early January 1942

12 January 1942 Admiralty reported she had loaded 1,000 tons of Admiralty FFO prior to sailing as a convoy refuelling tanker to Freetown - Source Admiralty War Diary of this date

18 January 1942 directed to be part of Convoy OS 17 from Liverpool but did not sail.

29 January 1942 refuelled from RFA DEWDALE (1)

8 February 1942 arrived at Freetown

19 April 1942 sailed Freetown in convoy ST20. The convoy dispersed on 19 April 1942

25 May 1942 arrived Freetown

22 October 1942 Captain Raymond V Boodle RFA appointed as Master

 Raymond Boodle

Captain Raymond V Boodle RFA

4 January 1943 ordered to sail from the East Indies to act as Fleet Attendant Oiler at Durban. At Kilindini with HMAS NIZAM alongside being refuelled

8 January 1943 sailed Mombasa for refit in Durban

17 January 1943 arrived Durban for refit. RFA ARNDALE refitted at the same time

8 March 1943 docked in the dry dock at Durban, South Africa

11 March 1943 undocked from the dry dock at Durban, South Africa

17 April 1943 sailed Durban independently to Mombasa arriving on 23 April 1943

14 July 1943 at Kilindini alongside HMS FROBISHER refuelling her

hms Frobisher

HMS FROBISHER

23 July 1943 at Kilindini alongside HMS FROBISHER refuelling her

14 November 1943 sailed Mombasa

17 November 1943 returned back at Mombasa

17 February 1944 Mr Harry F Duce DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Harry F Duce

Chief Engineer Officer Harry F Duce DSC RFA

13 June 1944 docked in the dry dock at Durban, South Africa

17 June 1944 undocked from the dry dock at Durban, South Africa

7 April 1945 sailed Mombasa independently to Colombo arriving on 16 April 1945

15 April 1945 allocated for duty in Operation Dracula and to be the base oiler at Rangoon, Burma when the port had been captured

17 April 1945 sailed Colombo independently to Trincomalee arriving on 19 April 1945

26 April 1945 sailed Trincomalee

1 May 1945 arrived at Kyaukpyu, Yangon Island, Burma

2 May 1945 took part in Operation Dracula - the entry into Rangoon - along with RFA ECHODALE

3 May 1945 Captain Ernest C Rogers RFA appointed as Master

Captain Ernest C Rogers

Captain Ernest C Rogers RFA

4 May 1945 sailed Kyaukpyu in convoy KRS1A arriving at Rangoon on 19 May 1945

19 May 1945 sailed Rangoon independently to Trincomalee arriving 25 May 1945

26 June 1945 sailed Trincomalee independently to Bombay arriving 1 July 1945

7 July 1945 under going repairs at Bombay Dockyard completed 20 August 1945

26 July 1945 Mr J A McKenzie RFA appointed Chief Engineer Officer

24 September 1946 struck by a practice torpedo in Portland Harbour during test firing

15 October 1946 Captain Douglas N J Williams RFA (Lieut-Commander RNR) appointed as Master

28 November 1946 Mr W E Burke RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 October 1947 Mr William H Macfarlane RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 CEO Wm H MacFarlane

Chief Engineer Officer William H MacFarlane RFA

29 January 1948 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands the RRS John Biscoe alongside being refuelled

31 January 1948 sailed from Port Stanley, Falkland Islands to Bermuda

6 May 1948 Captain William R Parker RFA appointed as Master - remained in command until 31 March 1950 and then from 12 April 1950 until 26 May 1950

27 July 1948 reported by radio that she had, together with HMS's SHEFFIELD and SPARROW ridden out a hurricane and were making passage to Bermuda Dockyard

8 October 1948 sailed from Bermuda with RN ships shortly before what was described as the most destructive hurricane to hit the Island for 20 years arrived. She safely rode out the hurricane at sea before returning to the Island.

Between 1949 and 1950 Gold Ranger was based in the West Indies and during this period she made a number of excursions to the Antarctic in support of various expeditions

31 January 1949 sailed with HMS's GLASGOW, JAMAICA, SNIPE. SPARROW, BIGBURY BAY, WHITESANDS BAY, the tugs EMINENT, FREEBOOTER and JUSTICE together with the Harbour Service Vessel MOORPOUT to the West Indies

21 February 1949 sailed Trinidad

28 March 1949 sailed Kingston, Jamaica

30 March 1949 involved in exercises with UK, US and Canadian Naval units off the US Naval Base at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba

Gold Ranger Exercise

Press Cutting from The Times newspaper 6 April 1949

7 October 1949 at the Royal Naval Hospital, Bermuda Fireman James Foster Pigot discharged dead - heart failure

26 November 1949 sailed Port Stanley, Falkland Islands with RRS JOHN BISCOE to the South Shetlands and Deception Island in Antarctica for Operation Corkscrew - providing aviation fuel at Deception Island, Antarctica for aircraft being used by the Falkland Island Dependencies Survey

 

John Biscoe in 1956 renamed HMNZN Endeavour

RRS John Biscoe in 1956 after being renamed HMNZS Endeavour

 

2 December 1949 anchored at Whalers' Bay, Deception Island and off loaded stores and drums of fuel ashore. The John Biscoe off loaded two aircraft for use by the team based there

1949 Press report Kalgoorie Miner Gold Ranger

Press report from the Kalgoorie Miner newspaper

8 December 1949 sailed Deception Island for Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

16 February 1950 Mr W E Burke RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 December 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

2 December 1950 arrived at Plymouth from Aruba

13 December 1950 Captain James H Chant RFA appointed as Master

26 December 1950 in dock at Immingham along with RFA's BLACK RANGER and FORTOL

7 March 1951 Mr D S Wood RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

31 August 1951 involved in major naval exercises with the Home Fleet around the UK and off Gibraltar

28 September 1951 at Invergordon HMS St AUSTELL BAY berthed alongside to refuel

St Austell Bay

HMS St AUSTELL BAY

1 October 1951 sailed from Invergordon together with twenty four RN ships and the tug Mediator

10 October 1951 sailed Invergordon for the Home Fleet Autumn Cruise together with 

10 January 1952 Mr W H Macfarlane RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

15 September 1952 sailed Rosyth with RFA WAVE PREMIER and UK, US, Canadian and New Zealand naval units to take part in Operation Mainbrace

18 September 1952 berthed at Rosyth

19 September 1952 at Rosyth with USS Fred T Berry (DDE 858) alongside refuelling her

Fred T Berry

USS Fred T Berry (DDE 858)

20 September 1952 sailed Rosyth to take part in Operation Mainbrace (Part 2)

3 October 1952 took part in Operation Hurricane 1- the first British atomic bomb tests at the Monte Bello Islands off NW Australia  - along with 6 other RFA’s

13 October 1952 Mr R C Veitch RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 February 1953 Captain Alfred M Uglow RFA appointed as Master

11 September 1953 Captain Leslie G Rowling DSC RFA appointed as Master

16 October 1953 sailed Sunderland for Sheerness

28 December 1953 Mr C D Reid RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

21 April 1954 Mr J C Calvert RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 April 1954 at Taedong Do HMAS MURCHISON berthed alongside and was replenished with fresh water

11 June 1954 at Taedong Do HMAS MURCHISON berthed alongside and was refuelled with fuel and replenished with fresh water

23 March 1955 at Tung Wah Hospital, Hong Kong Sailor Pang Fook discharged dead from meningitis

1 June 1955 South of Lombok, Indonesia RASed with HMAS WARRAMUNGA (astern) and HMAS ARUNTA (abeam)

 

Gold Ran RAN RAS

Image copyright:© Australian War Memorial

14 July 1955 Mr Lionel W Pool RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 August 1955 took part in Exercise Comex between Kure and Kagoshima with RN Units. RASed with HMS St BRIDES BAY

15 March 1956 Captain Stephen J Pethurst RFA appointed as Master

Captain Stephen J Pethurst

Captain Stephen J Pethurst RFA
(image taken in 1920)

31 October 1956 in Operation Musketeer - the Suez Crisis - along with 34 other RFA’s

4 December 1956 together with RFA WAVE SOVERIGN and RN Units engaged in patrol duites in the Red Sea

9 July 1957 Mr J Brett RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 August 1957 RAS'ed with HMS LOCH FADA at Khor Kuwai, Persian Gulf

22 November 1957 Captain R J Lockwood RFA appointed as Master

1957 to 1960 supported Operation Grapple - the British H-bomb test at Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean  - along with 16 other RFA’s

 

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24 February 1958 to 1March 1958 involved in fleet exercises with RFA's WAVE MASTER, FORT CHARLOTTE, FORT SANDUSKY, HMS NEWCASTLE and 9 other RN ships

25 March 1958 berthed at Jesselton with HMNZS ROYALIST

RFA GOLD RANGER 1958 Mar25 Jesselton Alongside HMNZS ROYALIST for CW

RFA GOLD RANGER alongside HMNZS ROYALIST
at Jesselton
© Mike Day collection

17 February 1959 RAS'ed HMS CAVALIER between Hong Kong and Singapore

30 April 1959 Captain Nicholas B J Stapleton RD RFA (Lieut-Commander RNR) appointed as Master

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Captain Nicholas B J Stapleton RD RFA

10 June 1959 after release from Exercise Saddleup and while on way to Sandakan RAS HMAS's ANZAC and TOBRUK

16 June 1959 RASed with HMAS's ANZAC and TOBRUK and RN ships

2 July 1959 during exercises with RN and RAN ships RASed with HMAS's ANZAC and TOBRUK

23 December 1959 RASed with HMAS QUICKMATCH

2 January 1960 RASed with HMAS VENDETTA astern and HMAS QUICKMATCH abeam

6 January 1960 RASed with HMAS QUICKMATCH

18 February 1960 RASed with HMAS QUEENBOROUGH abeam and HMAS QUIBERON astern

23 March 1960 Mr R E Davies RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

6 April 1960 and 7 April 1960 off Singapore engaged in RAS exercises together with RFA's RELIANT (2), RESURGENT, FORT CHARLOTTE, OLNA (2) and HMAS's QUEENBOROUGH, ANZAC and TOBRUK

16 May 1960 off Singapore RASed with HMAS VOYAGER

19 July 1960 off Pulo Aur RASed HMAS VAMPIRE

5 August 1960 together with HMS ALBION and RFA's WAVE MASTER, TIDEFLOW, RETAINER and FORT DUNVEGAN entered Telok Tekek

24 December 1960 4th Engineer Norman George Cowell RFA discharged dead - he is buried in Kranji Military Cemetery, Singapore in Plot 14 Row D Grave 17

 

COWELL_N_1

Image supplied by Tony Beck with thanks

 

18 March 1961 Captain Dan de V Moulds RFA appointed as Master

4 May 1961 Mr J Scott RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

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

7 April 1962 Captain Walter Gibb MBE RFA appointed as Master

23 May 1962 with RN units was engaged on anti pirate patrols in the Tawau area and off the Celebes

4 June 1962 berthed at SIngapore Naval Base

14 June 1962 Mr C D Reid RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 March 1963 Captain B H Lawrence RFA appointed as Master

9 June 1963 at Thomas Road Hospital Singapore Chief Cook Cheng Wang Cheous discharged dead - natural causes

16 August 1963 Captain Charles Stuart Bonshaw Irwin DSO DSC RD RFA (Lieutenant Commander RNR (ret)) appointed as Master

Captain B Irvine

Captain Charles S B Irwin DSO DSC RD RFA
with thanks to Peter Harrison

28 January 1964 her Ship‘s Badge was officially presented to her

6 June 1964 while on passage from Jesselton Harbour to Singapore RAS'ed with HMAS's PARRAMATTA, SYDNEY and YARRA

31 July 1964 Mr J R Ramsey RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 September 1964 refuelled HMAS's IBIS, TEAL and GULL

25 October 1964 at Tawau anchorage alongside HMAS IBIS to refuel her

30 October 1964 at Tawau anchorage alongside HMAS IBIS to refuel her

2 November 1964 at Tawau anchorage alongside HMAS IBIS to refuel her

6 November 1964 at Tawau anchorage alongside HMAS IBIS to refuel her

19 December 1964 at Tawau anchorage alongside HMAS DERWENT to refuel her

25 December 1964 Christmas Day spent at anchor 6 miles east of Tawau

January 1965 to 11 August 1965 provided support to RN units from the Far East Fleet and units of an Inshore Squadron during the Indonesian Confrontation along with RFA’s EDDYROCK, FORT CHARLOTTE, TIDEREACH and WAVE SOVEREIGN

13 January 1965 at 5.00N 130.00E refuelled HMAS's GULL and HAWK

2 February 1965 alongside HMAS DUCHESS while anchored off Tawau Jetty refuelling her

27 March 1965 berthed at Singapore Naval Base with HMAS PARRAMATTA alongside

29 May 1965 anchored off Tawau with HMAS PARRAMATTA berthed alongside being refuelled

20 June 1965 off Boreno RAS'ed with HMAS YARRA

13 July 1965 off Tawau RAS'ed with HMAS YARRA

1 August 1965 at 5N 130E refuelled HMAS's GULL and HAWK alongside

21 August 1965 off Sipidan Island at 04.35N 19.35E while on passage from Hong Kong to Manus RAS'ed with HMAS's YARRA and PARRAMATTA

1 September 1965 Captain G Bray MBE RFA appointed as Master

12 September 1965 Mr R C Veitch RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 September 1965 to the south of Sibutu Passage RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS and VENDETTA

16 October 1965 in the Moro Gulf (off Philippines East Coast) RASed with HMAS CURLEW

20 December 1965 in the Singapore Strait RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS

8 February 1966 in lee of Sibutu Passage refuelled HMAS's HAWK and GULL

2 March 1966 off Tawau RASed with HMAS's DERWENT and VAMPIRE

21 March 1966 off Tawau RASed with HMAS DERWENT

7 April 1966 Captain J G M Coull RFA appointed as Master

April 1966 off Tawau undertook night patrols under the direction of HMAS DERWENT

15 June 1966 refuelled HMAS GULL

24 July 1966 RASed with HMAS DERWENT and then for practice also RASed astern

23 August 1966 at Labuan refuelled HMAS PARRAMATTA

15 September 1966 off Johore Shoal Buoy refuelled HMAS's HAWK, CURLEW and GULL

21 October 1966 refuelled HMAS's HAWK, CURLEW and SNIPE while on passage from Tacloban, Phillipines to Singapore

25 October 1966 off Luzon RASed with HMAS PARRAMATTA

7 February 1967 RASed with HMAS HAWK

9 February 1967 together with HMS MANXMAN and HMAS GULL off the Bankok River

HMS MANXMAN

HMS MANXMAN

13 March 1967 together with HMS DARTINGTON and HMAS GULL alongside each other at the Fleet Anchorage. The cast off each other on 14 March 1967

22 March 1967 Captain C W P Summer RFA appointed as Master

26 April 1967 Mr Ronald C Putt MID RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

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Chief Engineer Officer Ronald C Putt MID RFA

5 May 1967 at Singapore Dockyard

15 June 1967 sailed Singapore returning 17 June 1967

19 June 1967 sailed Singapore for exercises returning 23 June 1967

2 July 1967 sailed SIngapore for exercises berthing at Manila on 8 July 1967

10 July 1967 sailed Manila for Exercise Sea Dog arriving Linguyan Gulf 11 July 1967

12 July 1967 sailed Linguyan Gulf for Subic Bay arriving 13 July 1967

13 July 1967 sailed Subic Bay to Linguyan Gulf arriving 14 July 1967

19 July 1967 sailed Linguyan Gulf returning to Singapore 28 July 1967

1 August 1967 sailed Singapore for RASing returning 4 August 1967

18 August 1967 sailed Singapore for RASing returning 21 August 1967

22 August 1967 sailed Singapore for Ko Phanghan arriving 25 August 1967

28 August 1967 sailed Ko Phanghan for Hong Kong arriving 4 September 1967

17 September 1967 sailed Hong Kong for Singapore arriving 26 September 1967

The insigna of the Dragon Squadron (6MCMS) was displayed on her funnel

28 Septmeber 1967 sailed Singapore returning the following day

October 1967 together with RFA TIDEPOOL RASed with HMS DAMPIER during the Survey ship return to the UK

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HMS DAMPIER

23 October 1967 involved in the rescue of an Indonesian ship Perak which was adrift in the Nicobar Strait. She towed the Perak with 19 crew on board to Sabang. North Sumatra

27 October 1967 at Singapore Dockyard

13 November 1967 sailed Singapore returning 18 November 1967

23 November 1967 sailed Singapore returning the next day

26 November 1967 sailed Singapore returning 9 December 1967. Sailed later the same day berthing at Penang on 11 December 1967

14 December 1967 sailed Penang berthing at Singapore on 16 December 1967

19 December 1967 sailed SIngapore returning there on 22 December 1967

2 January 1968 sailed Singapore returning there on 5 January 1968

16 January 1968 off Singapore RASed with HMAS YARRA

February 1968 Captain R M Miller RFA appointed as Master

5 February 1968 in the vicinity of the Johore Shoal Buoy alongside HMAS SYDNEY refuelling her

4 March 1968 sailed Singapore Naval Base for Yokosuka US Naval Base, Japan arriving 15 March 1968

23 March 1968 sailed Yokosuka US Naval Base, Japan for Kure, Japan arriving 25 March 1968

29 March 1968 sailed Kure, Japan for Hong Kong arriving 2 April 1968 inadvertenly entered, by one mile, waters claimed by the Government of Communist China and was escorted to the International shipping lane to Hong Kong by Chinese gun boats

7 April 1968 sailed Hong Kong to Singapore arriving 17 April 1968

18 April 1968 sailed Singapore returning the next day

23 April 1968 sailed Singapore for Jahore Bay returning to SIngapore 30 April 1968

4 May 1968 sailed Singapore for Manus arriving 14 May 1968

15 May 1968 sailed Manus to Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia arriving 24 May 1968

29 May 1968 sailed Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia to Singapore Naval Base arriving 6 June 1968

11 June 1968 sailed Singapore Naval Base returning 14 June 1968

17 June 1968 sailed Singapore Naval Base returning on 26 June 1968

18 August 1968 Mr G R Henderson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

26 August 1968 at Singapore Dockyard

2 November 1968 in the Singapore Strait RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS

22 November 1968 off the Johore Shoal Buoy RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS

19 October 1969 in the Java Sea RASed with HMAS YARRA

December 1969 Captain E G May DSC RFA appointed as Master

22 March 1970 RASed with HMNZS Taranaki while on passage from Hong Kong to Manila

30 October 1970 RASed with HMAS SYDNEY and then sailed for Singapore

2 November 1970 north east of Singapore RASed with HMAS's SYDNEY and VENDETTA

1 April 1971 off Singapore RASed with HMAS YARRA

4 May 1971 berthed at Singapore

31 October 1971 took part in the final steam past of seventeen ships from the RN, RAN, RNZN and RFA Far  East Fleet in the Singapore Straits after the closure of the naval base there which also included RFA’s FORT SANDUSKY, OLNA (3), RELIANT (2), RESOURCE, STROMNESS, TIDEFLOW and TIDEPOOL. Immediately afterwards for three hectic days she participated in Operation Curtaincall - a combined RN, RAN, RNZN and RFA Fleet Exercise off the NW coast of Malaysia

20 June 1972 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

21 August 1972 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

23 September 1972 2nd Officer Malcolm Douglas Cameron Lee RFA discharged dead after an accident in Singapore -he was buried at sea

22 December 1972 arrived Singapore for the last time to destore and to be laid up

7 March 1973 offered for sale this day in the Straits Times, Singapore

5 April 1973 on the Disposal List

July 1973 sold out of service to Tunas Tankers & Bunkering Service Pte Ltd under the Singapore flag

March 1977 broken up at Hong Kong by Lee Sing & Co Ltd

 

 

Gold_Rover_1973

Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

A271 Gold Rover

 Gold Rover at Stanley

 

                      
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                      363145

Class:                                       ROVER CLASS Small Fleet Tanker

Pennant No:                             A271

Laid down:                               
Builder:                                     Swan Hunter, Wallsend
Launched:                                7 March 1973
Into Service:                             22 March 1974
Out of service:                          6 March 2017
Fate:

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   In 1967, tenders were invited for what eventually turned out to be five ships in this Class. Owing to unsatisfactory performance from the original engines, which had been a political decision, the first three ships in the Class were re-engined in 1974. The final two ships differed slightly from the earlier three and had improved accommodation standards and different stern anchor arrangements

 

7 March 1973 launched by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd, Wallsend as Yard Nr: 59  named GOLD ROVER. The Lady Sponsor was Mrs M. Lovett, the wife of Mr P.J. Lovett  MBE, the then DST (AS)

6 December 1973 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

9 March 1974 Captain Barry H Rutterford RFA appointed as Master

 

Barry_Rutterford

Captain Barry H Rutterford RFA

22 March 1974 completed at a cost of £7.7m and accepted in the RFA service

23 March 1974 sailed the River Tyne to the Isle of Grain berthing on BP No: 5 berth. Loaded 3,899 tons of diesel as cargo

24 March 1974 sailed the Isle of Grain

25 March 1974 anchored at Spithead

26 March 1974 berthed alongside the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

30 March 1974 loaded 347 tons of AVCAT as cargo

9 April 1974 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Plymouth Sound

11 April 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to Gibraltar

17 April 1974 berthed on Nr: 50 berth on the South Arm at Gibraltar Dockyard

19 April 1974 loaded 1,249 tons of FFO as cargo

23 April 1974 sailed Gibraltar

26 April 1974 arrived at Portland

1 May 1974 to 3 May 1974 deployed in the Portland Exercise Area

3 May 1974 berthed alongside at Portland

6 May 1974 to 10 May 1974 deployed in the Portland Exercise Area

10 May 1974 secured to A2 Buoy at Portland Harbour

13 May 1974 deployed to the Portland Exercise Area

17 May 1974 arrived at Plymouth Sound

20 May 1974 deployed to the Plymouth Exercise Area

21 May 1974 at Plymouth Sound with RMAS WATERFOWL alongside receiving 48 tons of sullage

RMAS Waterfowl

RMAS Waterfowl

22 May 1974 to 26 May 1974 deployed to the Plymouth and Portland Exercise Areas

26 May 1974 arrived at Portland

28 May 1974 deployed to the Portland Exercise Area

1 June 1974 secured to A2 Buoy, Portland Harbour

3 June 1974 to 12 June 1974 deployed to the Portland Exercise Area

13 June 1974 sailed Portland to Gibraltar Exercise Area

16 June 1974 arrived at Gibraltar moored alongside at 22/23 berths

17 June 1974 sailed Gibraltar to the Gibraltar Exercise Area

27 June 1974 moored alongside at 22 berth, Gibraltar

2 July 1974 sailed Gibraltar to Civitavicchia

5 July 1974 berthed at Civitavicchia

8 July 1974 sailed Civitavicchia to Gaeta

9 July 1974 sailed Gaeta to Elba, Portoferracio

10 July 1974 until 30 September 1974 stood by off Cyprus following a coup d’etat attempt and subsequent Turkish invasion with a Task Force including the carrier HMS HERMES with 41 Commando Royal Marines and RFA’s OLNA (3), OLWEN (2) and REGENT

13 July 1974 sailed Elba to Malta

15 July 1974 berthed at Malta

16 July 1974 sailed Malta to Livorno and the Malta Exercise Area

21 July 1974 sailed for Cyprus 

22 July 1975 along with RFA’s TARBATNESS and TIDESPRING sailed from the U.K. as part of Task Group 317.3 led by the guided missile destroyer HMS GLAMORGAN

1 August 1975 with RFA’s TARBATNESS and TIDESPRING berthed at Malta as part of Task Group 317.3 led by the guided missile destroyer HMS GLAMORGAN

4 August 1975 with RFA’s TARBATNESS and TIDESPRING sailed from Malta for exercises with HMS GLAMORGAN and other RN ships

October 1975 involved in exercises with Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy ships in the South China Sea

24 June 1977 to 29 June 1977 took part in the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review at Spithead with eight other RFA's and units of the Royal Navy and foreign navies

16 August 1977 Captain Rex A Cooper RFA appointed as Master

5 September 1977 carried out successful feasibility abeam refuelling trials with the British merchant tanker BRITISH TAMAR which was earmarked for duties in wartime as a Convoy Escort Oiler, to establish whether or not an RFA oiler could load its own cargo tanks by accepting fuel from commercial products tankers underway without the need for prior fitting of specialised RAS equipment on the commercial vessel

18 June 1978 at Portsmouth Harbour berthed outboard of RFA PLUMLEAF (2)

GOLD ROVER Plumleaf at Pmouth

© Tim Webb – used with permission

9 May 1980 at Belfast

25 July 1980 at Portland

11 September 1981 at Portland as FOST tanker

25 March 1982 at Portland

1982 did not see service during the Falklands Conflict as she was out in Singapore at the time

25 July 1982 at Portland

29 July 1982 assisted a Special Forces demonstration in Poole Bay

1 August 1982 at Portland

28 January 1983 at Portland

22 June 1984 in Portland Exercise area

25 June 1984 sailed Portland

29 June 1984 berthed at Portland

2 July 1984 sailed Portland

7 July 1984 berthed at Portland

11 July 1984 sailed Portland

13 July 1984 berthed at Portland

16 July 1984 sailed Portland

19 July 1984 berthed at Portland

23 July 1984 sailed Portland

2 August 1984 berthed at Portland

13 August 1984 sailed Portland

15 August 1984 berthed at Copenhagen

20 August 1984 sailed from Copenhagen

23 August 1984 berthed at Plymouth and engaged in Plymouth Navy Days until 28 August 1984

28 August 1984 sailed Plymouth

31 August 1984 berthed at Portland

5 September 1984 sailed Portland

7 September 1984 berthed at Portland

10 September 1984 sailed Portland

14 September 1984 berthed at Portsmouth

20 September 1984 sailed Portsmouth

24 September 1984 arrived and anchored in Gibraltar Bay prior to entering Gibraltar Dockyard for refit

1 November 1984 Mr Edward M Quigley RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 November 1984 sailed Gibraltar after refit - the last RFA to be refitted in the HM Dockyard there

19 November 1984 arrived off the Nab Tower prior to entering Portsmouth Dockyard

30 November 1984 sailed Portsmouth for Portland arriving the same day

3 December 1984 sailed Portland for BOST '84'

4 December 1984 berthed at Portland

10 December 1984 sailed Portland for BOST '84'

13 December 1984 berthed at Portland

17 December 1984 sailed Portland for BOST '84'

20 December 1984 berthed at Rosyth Dockyard

29 December 1984 sailed Rosyth Dockyard

3 January 1985 berthed at Portland

8 January 1985 sailed Portland returning 11 January 1985

14 January 1985 sailed Portland returning 18 January 1985

22 January 1985 sailed Portland returning 25 January 1985

28 January 1985 sailed Portland returning 1 February 1985

6 February 1985 sailed Portland returning 8 February 1985

12 February 1985 sailed Portland returning 17 February 1985

18 July 1985 sailed Nassau, Bahamas to Belize arriving 18 July 1985

25 July 1985 sailed Belize to Bridgedown, Barbados arriving 31 July 1985

4 August 1985 sailed Bridgetown, Barbados to Carriacou arriving the next day

7 August 1985 Carriacou to Virgin Gorda arriving the next day

10 August 1985 sailed Virgin Gorda to St Thomas arriving the same day

12 August 1985 sailed St Thomas to Roosevelt Roads arriving the next day

14 August 1985 sailed Roosevelt Roads to San Juan, Puerto Rico arriving 16 August 1985

19 August 1985 sailed San Juan, Puerto Rico

31 August 1985 berthed at Pensacola after avoiding Hurricane Elena in the Gulf of Mexico

2 September 1985 sailed Pensacola

6 September 1985 anchored off Georgetown, Grand Cayman

8 September 1985 sailed Grand Cayman Gordoa

12 September 1985 anchored in Vieus Fort Bay, St Lucia

13 September 1985 berthed at Castries, St Lucia

17 September 1985 sailed from Castries, St. Lucia

18 September 1985 arrived at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico

21 September 1985 sailed Roosevelt Roads

23 September 1985 arrived at Montego Bay, Jamaica

26 September 1985 sailed Montego Bay, Jamaica to St Thomas

16 April 1986 at Portland

9 June 1986 humanitarian relief - was in Operation Jubilee along with the frigate HMS ARIADNE after heavy rains in Jamaica

1 December 1986 at Portsmouth

August 1987 off Gourock

4 March 1989 at Portland

26 July 1990 Captain Brian J Waters RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain Brian Waters

Captain Brian J Waters RFA

20 November 1990 Captain Peter Robinson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

1 December 1990 lost her rudder in severe weather in the South Atlantic and sent out a distress call. Some of her crew were airlifted off and she managed to get to anchor seventeen miles east of Lively island to ride out the storm then towed by the tug Oil Mariner to Montevideo for repairs

1 March 1992 at Plymouth

18 April 1992 Humanitarian aid - along with the frigate HMS CAMPBELTOWN, she assisted the Panamanian-registered tanker WORLD HITACHI ZOSEN on fire after a collision off West Africa with the bulk carrier CLIPPER PIONEER

25 August 1992 at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

15 April 1995 Captain Peter A Robinson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

11 October 1995 at Montevideo

13 March 1996 at the Falkland Islands

13 April 1996 put on standby off Liberia after breakdown in civil rule in that country

22 May 1996 Captain (E) Robert Settle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 October 1996 Humanitarian aid - rescued three St Vincent nationals adrift in an open boat

12 April 1998 at Buenos Aires

16 April 1998 at Falkland Islands

20 July 1998 sailed Montevideo for the East Cove, Falkland Islands

28 July 1998 berthed at East Cove, Falkland Islands

11 August 1998 sailed East Cove, Falkland Islands on patrol returning 14 August 1998

18 August 1998 sailed East Cove Main Jetty, Falkland Islands

20 August 1998 anchored off Bird Island, South Georgia

23 August 1998 arrived at Fortuna Bay, South Georgia

25 August 1998 sailed South Gerogia for the Falkland Islands

28 August 1998 berthed at the Ro-Ro Jetty, East Cove, Falkland Islands

31 August 1998 sailed the Ro-Ro Jetty, East Cove, Falkland Islands

2 September 1998 returned to the Ro-Ro Jetty, East Cove, Falkland Islands with Main Engine defect

9 September 1998 sailed the Ro-Ro Jetty, East Cove, Falkland Islands on patrol

12 September 1998 anchored in San Carlos Water, Falkland Islands

17 September 1998 berthed on the Ro-Ro Jetty, East Cove, Falkland Islands

22 September 1998 Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

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Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA

6 October 1998 anchored in Queen Charlotte Bay, Falkland Islands

9 October 1998 berthed at the Ro-Ro Jetty, East Cove, Falkland Islands

24 October 1998 made fast to Port William Buoy, Stanley, Falkland Islands

2 to 4 November 1998 Humanitarian aid - whilst supporting the frigate HMS SUTHERLAND she acted as a helicopter refuelling point off South Georgia during the evacuation of a seriously ill woman from the cruise liner EXPLORER

15 September 1999 sailed Mayport naval base to avoid Hurricane Floyd bearing down on the port.

18 January 2000 towed back to Plymouth by two RMAS tugs when she broke down off the Lizard Point.

15 February 2000 rescued trawler taking in water in the English Channel after pan pan alert from Brixham coast guard

28 May 2001 along with RFA’s TIDESPRING, SIR PERCIVALE and DILIGENCE she featured  on a postage stamp issued by South Georgia and the South Sandwich Isles

13 November 2001 Humanitarian aid - rescued 4 crew from the yacht  BON SOCOUR in the North Atlantic

23 February 2002 Captain Peter Farmer RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain Peter Farner

Captain Peter Farmer RFA

23 August 2002 to 26 August 2002 berthed Gibraltar

27 August 2002 Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

14 October 2002 to 20 December 2002 in refit

6 January 2003 at Plymouth

1 April 2003 in Plymouth Sound

4 April 2003 alongside at Devonport

16 May 2003 to 17 May 2003 berthed at Gibraltar

May 2003 visited Freetown, Sierra Leone

11 December 2003 visited Luanda, Angola with HMS GLASGOW for a courtesy call

28 March 2004 Captain Shaun Jones RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Shaun Jones

Captain Shaun Jones RFA

3 April 2004 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

20 May 2004 anchored off Ascension Island

22 May 2004 undertook a towing exercise (TOWEX) with HMS CARDIFF

13 June 2004 alongside at Montevideo, Uruguay

17 July 2004 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

29 September 2004 Captain Paul Kehoe RFA appointed Commanding Officer

Captain Paul Kehoe

Captain Paul Kehoe RFA

29 March 2005 Captain (E) Robert J Smith RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 April 2005 berthed at Devonport

3 July 2005 alongside on the River Tyne in refit

4 September 2005 alongside on the River Tyne in refit

28 November 2005 berthed at Devonport

December 2005 in company with the frigate HMS IRON DUKE, met up with solo yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur 2 degrees north of the equator on her yacht  B & Q

13 April 2006 Captain (E) Robert J Smith RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 June 2006 accompanied the frigate HMS CHATHAM to Lagos to mark the 50th Anniversary of  the Nigerian Navy at their Fleet Reviewby President Obassango

28 June 2006 involved in exercises with Brazillian frigate BNS Bossio and HMS Liverpool off Brazil

29 July 2006 berthed alongside at Rio de Janeiro

6 October 2006 while supporting the frigate HMS ARGYLL in a multi-national operation off West Africa, intercepted mv STER 11 seized 1.8 tonnes of cocaine off the coast of West Africa worth an estimated £60 million

1 March 2007 Captain Anthony McNally RFA appointed as Commanding Officer until 10 July 2007

22 March 2007 Captain (E) Robert J Smith RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 June 2007 with HRH Prince Edward embarked the Captain and a contingent of the crew attended a memorial service at Fitzroy, East Falkland to those killed on RFA SIR GALAHAD (1) and RFA SIR TRISTRAM during the Falklands War

8 July 2007 Captain (X) Paul B Minter RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Capt Paul Minter

Captain (X) Paul Minter RFA

 

30 October 2007 arrived at Tristan da Cunha with HMS SOUTHAMPTON

19 November 2007 Captain Paul B Minter RFA, Commanding Officer of the Gold Rover presented a copy of 'No Sea to Rough' to the Governor of St. Helena

16 December 2007 arrived at Tristan da Cunha after having been tasked to urgently resupply drugs and medical stores to the island after 271 members of the islands population suffered a viral infection which depleted stocks to a dangerous level

13 March 2008 Captain (E) Robert J Smith RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

17 April 2008 berthed at Gibraltar from Freetown

20 April 2008 Captain (X) Paul B Minter RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

21 April 2008 sailed Gibraltar for Portsmouth

4 November 2008 Captain (X) Paul B Minter RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

25 January 2009 alongside at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

29 April 2009 visited the Island of St. Helena where wreaths were laid at the RFA Darkdale memorial on the Island's Cenotaph in the capital Jamestown

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Captain Paul Minter RFA laying his wreath at the RFA Darkdale memorial

© The St. Helena Independent acknowledged

6 May 2009 South Atlantic  - found yacht 'Sea Jade' reported long overdue enroute from St. Helena to Capte Town. As Falklands Island news service reported 'Found needle in field of haystacks'. Yacht was reported with faulty steering and damage to the rigging and had been believed to have been lost in very heavy weather until the successful search undertaken by Gold Rover

20 August 2009 Captain (E) Robert Settle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 October 2009 Captain (X) Paul B Minter RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

12 January 2010 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands with HMS YORK outboard

14 January 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

30 January 2010 anchored off Jamestown, St. Helena

26 February 2010 berthed at Devonport

10 November 2010 berthed at Birkenhead

24 April 2011 joined Lyme Regis and Weymouth RNLI Lifeboats, Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat, Coastguard Rescue helicopters from Lee-on-Solent in the search for a missing diver reported to be a man aged 61 and from Bristol, was in an eight-strong group of visiting and local divers operating from a charter boat out of Lyme Regis. Not found - diver given up for dead

26 April 2011 entered Plymouth Sound

8 July 2011 berthed on Yonderberry Pier, Devonport

28 August 2011 alongside at Las Palmas

17 January 2012 Captain (X) David J Buck RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain David Buck

Captain (X) David J Buck RFA

22 July 2012 at Simon's Town

13 November 2012 at East Cove, Falkland Islands

20 December 2012 berthed at Simon's Town, South Africa sailing on 18 January 2013

28 February 2013 at East Cove, Falkland Islands

17 April 2013 berthed at Abijan, Ivory Coast sailing again on 20 April 2013

28 April 2013 berthed at Luanda, Angola sailing again on 1 May 2013

5 May 2013 berthed at Walvis Bay sailing again on 8 May 2013

23 May 2013 berthed at Las Palmas, Canary Islands sailing again on 26 May 2013

31 May 2013 berthed at Devonport

28 June 2013 sailed Devonport to Liverpool arriving 1 July 2013

28 March 2014 at Birkenhead

13 April 2014 moved from No: 6 Dry Dock at Birkenhead to Transmere Basin

27 April 2014 arrived at Liverpool

 GRVR Birkenhead 2014

RFA Gold Rover in dry dock at Birkenhead
© Captain Shaun Jones OBE RFA

13 May 2014 sailed Liverpool after refit for Loch Striven

16 May 2014 having sailed from Loch Striven passing Cloch Point, Gourock

21 May 2014 sailed Glenmallen assisted by tugs SD Dependable and SD Resourceful to Falmouth Bay arriving the next day

23 May 2014 sailed Falmouth Bay to Portland

24 May 2014 at Portland

9 June 2014 sailed Portland

12 June 2014 berthed at Portland

14 June 2014 Captain Shaun P Jones OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer 

16 June 2014 sailed Portland for Plymouth Sound

20 June 2014 arrived Plymouth Sound

30 June 2014 sailed Plymouth Sound

10 July 2014 RASed with USS Oscar Austin (DDG79)

Gold Rov RAS USS Oscar Austin DDG79

16 July 2014 RASed with RFA Wave Knight (2) in FOST Training Area

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18 July 2014 berthed at Portland

11 August 2014 sailed Portland

13 August 2014 arrived at Plymouth Sound sailing the next day

18 August 2014 berthed at Loch Striven Oil Fuel Depot assisted by the tug SD Reliable

Gold Rov at Loch Striven

RFA Gold Rover at Loch Striven
© Captain Shaun Jones OBE RFA - used with consent
 
 
22 August 2014 sailed Loch Striven
 
25 August 2014 berthed at Dublin, Eire
 
29 August 2014 sailed Dublin, Eire
 
1 September 2014 on 'C' Buoy, Plymouth Sound
 
2 September 2014 sailed Plymouth Sound
 
8 September 2014 berthed at Portland
 
22 September 2014 sailed Plymouth Sound for Portland
 
Gold Rover sails Plymouth
 
RFA Gold Rover sails from Plymouth
 

 26 September 2014 berthed at Portland Harbour

12 October 2014 Captain (E) Nigel M Sim RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

CEO Nigel SIM

Captain (E) Nigel M Sim RFA

 

19 October 2014 berthed alongside at Portland Harbour

27 October 2014 sailed Portland Harbour

1 November 2014 in the North Atlantic in company with HMS DRAGON

Gold Rover and Dragon

 

9 November 2014 berthed at Caracas Bay, Curacao

12 November 2014 sailed Caracas Bay, Curacao

14 November 2014 anchored off Colon, Republic of Panama

15 November 2014 transitted the Panama Canal 

17 November 2014 berthed at Rodman, Balboa, Panama City

19 November 2014 sailed Balboa into the Pacific Ocean

27 November 2014 in the Pacific Ocean RAS'ed with HMS DRAGON

6 December 2014 Captain (X) Philip T Hanton RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

6 December 2014 at East Cove, Falkland Islands

15 December 2014 RAS'ed with HMS CLYDE

6 February 2015 berthed at Simons Town, South Africa

26 February 2015 sailed Simons Town, South Africa

4 March 2015 berthed in Cape Town, South Africa

13 March 2015 sailed Cape Town, South AFrica

19 March 2015 anchored in Cape Lopez Bay, off Port Gentil, Gabon

21 March 2015 sailed Cape Lopez Bay

4 April 2015 berthed at Dakar

6 April 2015 sailed Dakar

12 April 2015 berthed at Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands. Captain (X) Peter N Selby RFA appointed as Commanding Officer & Captain (E) Roger M Parnell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 April 2015 sailed Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands

4 May 2015 berthed in the outer basin of Simon's Town Dockyard, South Africa

25 May 2015 sailed Simon's Town Dockyard, South Africa

20 June 2015 berthed at Falkland Islands. Leading Hand (Cook) Thomas Logan discharged dead

 

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RFA Gold Rover and HMS Lancaster on exercises in the South Atlantic

 

10 July 2015 Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

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Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA

13 August 2015 berthed at Simon's Town Dockyard, South Africa

2 September 2015 Captain (X) Peter N Selby RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

5 September 2015 at Simon's Town Dockyard, South Africa

8 September 2015 Captain (E) Martin J Stone RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 September 2015 sailed Simon's Town, South Africa to engaged in exercises with RN and SA Naval units

23 September 2015 berthed Cape Town

28 September 2015 sailed Cape Town

4 October 2015 berthed at Lobito, Angola

8 October 2015 sailed from Lobito, Angola

13 October 2015 with HMS LANCASTER anchored off Jamestown, St Helena

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Some of crew of RFA Gold Rover and HMS Lancaster at Napoleon's empty tomb

15 October 2015 sailed Jamestown, St. Helena to Ascension Island

22 October 2015 arrived at Kortu-Gon, Tema, Ghana

25 October 2015 sailed Tema, Ghana

2 November 2015 berthed at Lome, Togo

5 November 2015 sailed from Lome, Togo

8 November 2015 RASed with HMS LANCASTER

12 November 2015 anchored off Ascension Island

18 November 2015 sailing off Florianopolis, Brazil

19 November 2015 berthed at Rio de Janerio, Brazil

1 December 2015 sailed Rio de Janerio, Brazil

11 December 2015 berthed at Simonstown, South Africa

7 February 2016 Captain (E) Peter R G Dear RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 February 2016 sailed Simonstown, South Africa

6 March 2016 passed St. Helena

8 March 2016 anchored off Ascension Island

11 March 2016 sailed from Ascension Island

26 March 2016 berthed at Sekondi-Takoradi

30 March 2016 sailed Sekondi-Takoradi

8 April 2016 anchored off Georgetown, Ascension Island

12 April 2016 sailed from the anchorage off Georgetown, Ascension Island

17 April 2016 arrived off Georgetown, Ascension Island sailing later the same day

24 April 2016 off the coast of the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

20 May 2016 arrived at Jamestown, St. Helena

30 May 2016 sailed the anchorage off Jamestown. St. Helena

6 June 2016 in the South Atlantic off the coast Brazil

7 June 2016 berthed at Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Captain (E) Martin J Stone RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 June 2016 sailed from Rio de Janerio, Brazil

20 June 2016 arrived at Ascension Island

21 June 2016 sailed from Ascension Island

1 July 2016 berthed at Simonstown, South Africa

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Simonstown Dockyard with RFA Gold Rover alongside - July 2016

© Mike Loverock

 20 July 2016 Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

8 August 2016 sailed Simonstown

15 August 2016 anchored off Ascension Island sailing later the same day

19 August 2016 berthed at Lomé, Togo. Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA was invited to inspect a Guard from the Togo Navy

Gold Rover Captain salutes Guard Commander

The ship's football team played a side from the Togo Navy and lost 3 goals to 1

GORov Football Team

Togo Navy Football team & RFA Gold Rover's Football team

20 August 2016 sailed Lomé, Togo

23 August 2016 berthed at Tema, Ghana

25 August 2016 sailed from Tema, Ghana

30 August 2016 berthed at Lobito, Angola with a reception on board for senior members of the Angolan Naval, Army and Police, and His Excellency the Mayor of Lobito Senhor Alberto N’Gongo also attending

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The ships 7-a-side football team with their winners trophy after playing an Angolan Naval team

2 September 2016 sailed Lobito, Angola

7 September 2016 berthed at Simontown Dockyard, South Africa

12 September 2016 the Captain and other ships Officers attended a Battle of Britain service at the Dockyard Church at Simonstown

GRover after BoB Church Service 

Captain & Ships Officers after attending the Battle of Britain Church Service at the Dockyard Church, Simonstown

7 October 2016 sailed from Simonstown

October 2016 deployed in support of a French Operation CORYMBE together with the FS Dixmude and Ivorian ship Sekongo

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FS Dixmude, RFA Gold Rover and Ivorian ship Sekongo

19 October 2016 berthed at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Commanding Officer inspected a Ivorian Navy Guard of Honour and the ships football team lost 5-2 against the Ivorian Navy

21 October 2016 sailed from Abidjan, Ivory Coast

21 October 2016 and 22 October 2016 RAS approaches and dry hook ups  with FS Dixmude

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23 October 2016 RASed with FS Dixmude

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RFA Gold Rover and the French Naval Helicoper ship FS Dixmunde RAS off the coast of West Africa

 

1 November 2016 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

8 November 2016 sailed from Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa for the last time

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RFA Gold Rover sails from Simontown for the last time

 

24 November 2016 off Terra del Fuego

29 November 2016 together with HMS PORTLAND anchored off Valpariso, Chile. Captain Jonathan P Huxley RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

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RFA Gold Rover at anchor off Valpariso, Chile

image courtesy of Erik G Ekstrom

 

9 December 2016 off Punta Arenas

25 December 2016 at East Cove, Falkland Islands

14 January 2017 anchored off Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha

15 January 2017 sailed from Tristan da Cunha

23 January 2017 berthed at Rio de Janeiro

27 January 2017 sailed from Rio de Janeiro

3 February 2017 arrived at Ascension Island

5 February 2017 RASed with HMS PORTLAND

 

GROV RAS Portland last RAS 2017

RAS with HMS Portland
© MOD

16 February 2017 berthed at Portland

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Arrival at Portland Harbour
© EagleVista Aerial Photography (www.eaglevista.co.uk)    

21 February 2017 sailed from Portland Harbour

22 February 2017 berthed at Portsmouth Dock Yard to pay off, destore and be laid up

GRV arriving at Portsmouth

6 March 2017 End of Service Ceremony at Portsmouth Dockyard

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GROV cake End of Service

29 August 2017 The Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) invited expressions of interest from companies interested in receiving an invitation to tender in respect to the proposed sale for the sole purpose of recycling of the former RFA ship Gold Rover (A271)

 

 

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Official Number:                       168210

Class:                                    RANGER CLASS Fleet Attendant Oiler

Pennant No:

Laid down:                              24 June 1940
Builder:                                   Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Dundee
Launched:                               27 May 1941

Into Service:                            25 September 1941
Out of service:                         22 September 1942
Fate:                                      Sunk

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   The six ships in this Class were designed in the mid -1930’s by Rowland Baker as replacements for the 2000t BELGOL CLASS and were the first Admiralty-designed tankers since the 1917 5000t FAST LEAF CLASS. As originally built, for camouflage purposes, they had canvas deckhouses, a dummy plate funnel forward, their foremast was on the starboard bow, the wheelhouse was offset to port, and in some cases their genuine funnel was cut low and was on the port quarter, fitted with a spark arrester. Originally armed with 1 x 4” LA, 1 x 12 pdr HA/LA and several Lewis guns, as the War progressed the armament fits altered and finally averaged 1 x 4” HA, 1 x 40mm Bofors and 4 x single 20mm Oerlikons. These vessels served extensively as Escort Tankers on the Russian Convoys, Norwegian coastal raids, Malta Convoys and with the British Pacific Fleet. Apart from GRAY RANGER,which became a War Loss, the Class had exceptionally long Service lives and were finally replaced by the ROVER CLASS

 

28 August 1939 ordered

24 June 1940 laid down

27 May 1941 launched by Caledon Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Dundee as Yard Nr: 390 named GRAY RANGER

11 July 1941 Mr David L S Hood RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 September 1941 Captain Howard D Gausden RFA appointed as Master

Captain Howard D Gausden

Captain Howard D Gausden RFA
photo taken when as an Apprentice in 1919

The ship was fitted with special arrangements for OAS using captured German buoyant rubber hose and the new British self-rendering winch. The German equipment had been transferred from EMPIRE GARDEN the former German oiler GEDANIA which had been captured by the Ocean Boarding Vessel HMS MARSDALE on 4 June 1941 near Iceland. GEDANIA had been converted by the Kriegsmarine at St Nazaire to carry fuel and supplies to German commerce raiders in the Atlantic and to bring back prisoners taken from sunken ships

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German Requisitioned Oiler Gedania
photo from Ulf W Gustavsen

25 September 1941 completed. Joined the Fleet Fuelling Service

29 September 1941 sailed Dundee to Leith arriving the same day

1 October 1941 German OAS gear from the captured German fleet supply ship GEDANIA was transferred to her at Leith, together with a report of the rubber hose trials conducted in the Clyde area on 4 September

4 October 1941 sailed Leith to Rosyth arriving on the same day

7 October 1941 sailed Rosyth to Grangemeouth arriving the same day

7 October 1941 sailed Grangemouth to Rosyth arriving the same day

8 October 1941 sailed Rosyth to Methil Roads arriving the same day

10 October 1941 sailed Methil Roads to Scapa Flow arriving the same day

28 October 1941 conducted OAS trials with RFA EMPIRE SALVAGE

5 November 1941 at Scapa Flow Able Seaman Jos P Love logged and fined 5/- for assaulting the Bosun

21 December 1941 sailed Scapa Flow in company with the Belgian landing ship PRINS ALBERT to support Operation Anklet- the second Commando raid on the Lofoten Islands

22 December 1941 arrived Sullom Voe

23 December 1941 sailed Lerwick for Operation Anklet in company with the Belgian landing ship PRINS ALBERT escorted by HM destroyers ESKIMO and LAMERTON

28 December 1941 at Scapa Flow in collision with HMS ASHANTI while the warship was attempting to berth alongside starboard - both starboard lifeboats damaged and became unsericeable

HMS Ashanti

HMS ASHANTI

31 December 1941 conducted OAS trials with the destroyer HMS BEDOUIN using the captured German hose and reported satisfactory results

1 January 1942 arrived Scapa Flow on completion of Operation Anklet with RFA BLACK RANGER 

7 February 1942 sailed Scapa Flow for Sullom Voe escorted by the escort destroyer HMS CHIDDINGFORD

6 March 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS FROBISHER refuelling her - supplied 620 tons of FFO

20 March 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS FROBISHER refuelling her - supplied 330 tons of FFO

10 April 1942 sailed Oban in convoy PQ15 initially to Reykjavik 

13 April 1942 was damaged whilst going alongside the carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS

24 April 1942 sailed Scapa Flow under the escort of HMS LEDBURY

26 April 1942 sailed Reykjavik to join Convoy PQ 15 consisting of 25 merchantmen as Force Q along with the escorts HMS's ULSTER QUEEN, LEDBURY, STURGEON to Murmansk

29 April 1942 along with HMS's ULSTER QUEEN, LEDBURY, STURGEON joined convoy PQ 15

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HMS ULSTER QUEEN

1 May 1942 detached from Convoy PQ 15 to join the homeward bound Convoy QP11

6 May 1952 detached to Lerwick with the escort destroyer HMS LEDBURY to replenish the diesel fuel stocks there

8 May 1942 arrived Lerwick with HMS's LEDBURY and VENEMOUS. HMS VENEMOUS berthed alongside and was oiled

VENEMOUS ROP re Gray Ranger

The CO of HMS Venemous' ROP reports on RFA Gray Ranger

 

9 May 1942 sailed Lerwick for Scapa Flow arriving later the same day - escorted by HMS LEDBURY

11 June 1942 exercised with USS WAINWRIGHT (DD419) RASing astern

23 June 1942 sailed Scapa Flow under the escort of HMS's HALCYON, BRITOMART, and SALAMANDER proceeded to Hvalfjord

26 June 1942 arrived at Hvalfjord with HMS's HALCYON, BRITOMART, and SALAMANDER

27 June 1942 sailed Reykjavik to Murmansk in convoy PQ17 consisting of 36 merchantmen along with RFA ALDERSDALE

29 June 1942 struck submerged ice floes which buckled her bows and flooded her fore peak. The cargo was shifted in order to raise the damaged part out of the water as far as possible. She was ordered to return to port, being replaced by RFA ALDERSDALE (which was later sunk, one of the 24 ships lost in total)

2 July 1942 joined Convoy QP13 consisting of 35 merchantmen as Force Q along with the destroyer HMS DOUGLAS

6 July 1942 at 71º 23N 3º07W RASed with HMS LEAMINGTON and other destroyers

9 July 1942 arrived Scapa Flow.  Donkeyman Greaser W G Bell was logged for using insulting and contemptuous language to the Chief Officer Mr W Holt - he was fined 5/-. Donkeyman Greaser J Paterson was logged for using insulting and contemptuous language to the Chief Officer Mr W Holt - he also was fined 5/-

14 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V refuelling her

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HMS KING GEORGE V

17 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V refuelling her

21 July 1942 sailed Loch Ewe to Methil in convoy WN312 arriving 23 July 1942. RFA WAR BHARATA was in the same convoy.

23 July 1942 sailed Methil to the River Tyne arriving the next day

25 July 1942 repairs commenced. Donkeyman Greaser N Forsyth was logged for being stoke hold watch keeper from midnight until 0400hrs and was found asleep on deck at 0130hrs in a state of intoxication. He was fined 5/-.

28 July 1942 Donkeyman Greaser N Forsyth was logged for being stoke hold watch keeper from midnight until 0400hrs on 26 July 1942 left the ship at 18.30hrs on 25 July 1942 and did not return until 14.00hrs on 27 July 1942. He was fined 5/-

16 August 1942 repairs completed

17 August 1942 sailed the River Tyne to Methil in convoy FN787 arriving the next day

19 August 1942 sailed Methil to Loch Ewe in convoy EN126 arriving 21 August 1942

25 August 1942 arrived Newcastle for repairs having struck an iceberg while part of Convoy PQ17.

2 September 1942 sailed Loch Ewe to Archangel in convoy PQ18 as escort oiler with RFA BLACK RANGER and RFA OLIGARTH

13 September 1942 sailed Archangel as escort oiler in convoy QP14 together with RFA BLACK RANGER and RFA OLIGARTH

22 September 1942 torpedoed and sunk at approximately 70N 11W by the German submarine U435 (Kapitänleutnant Siegfried Strelow) while part of Convoy QP14. Six of the crew were killed - their details are shown in the Roll of Honour for 1942 - they are also all remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial. 2nd Radio Officer Frank E Burtenshaw RFA is also remembered with pride on the Abergwili War Memorial, Carmarthen. Engineer Officer Ronald McLeod RFA is also remembered with pride on a memorial in Dundee (Balgay) Cemetery.

 

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The Tower Hill Memorial 

30-Frank Ernest Burtenshaw Picture Postcard 1940

 

2nd Radio Officer Frank E Burtenshaw RFA
who was killed when RFA Gray Ranger sank
image gratefully supplied by Mark Morelli
 

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Abergwili War Memorial, Carmarthen remembering 2nd Radio Officer Burtenshaw
(with an incorrect month of his death)
 

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Memorial to Engineer Officer Ronald McLeod in Dundee (Balgay) Cemetery
Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project
 

Thirty three survivors from RFA Gray Ranger were rescued by the Convoy Rescue Ship Rathlin. Rathin's success of rescuing sailors from sunken ships during this convoy resulted in 210 survivors being taken on board. The rescue ships crew of 71 (plus one dog) resulted in food shortages. Permission was given for Rathlin and another convoy rescue ship Zamalek to leave the convoy and sail under escort to Iceland. They arrived at Seidisfjord late on the 23 September 1942

26 September 1942 the survivors were finally landed at Gourock

1 December 1942 in the London Gazette of this day Captain Howard D Gausden RFA was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for services during North Russian Convoy PQ18 in September 1942

16 February 1943 in the London Gazette of this day Chief Officer William Ronald Holt RFA and Chief Engineer Officer David Lindley Smith Hood RFA were both awarded Distinguished Service Cross' and Boatswain James Lawson was awarded the Distinuished Service Medal for services during Operation EV covering North Russian Convoys PQ18 and QP14 in September 1942

27 July 1943 in the London Gazette of this day Petty Officer George Alfred Bright P/JX165000 was awarded the Distinuished Service Medal for services during North Russian Convoys PQ15 and QP14 in September 1942

 

Notes:

 

She was sunk within minutes of the American freighter BELLINGHAM and the British ship OCEAN VOICE which was carrying the Convoy Commodore.

 

RFA Green Ranger

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Previous name:                        
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                     168231

Class:                                  RANGER CLASS Fleet Attendant Oiler

Pennant No:                          X 42 / B 515 / A 152

Laid down:                            23 September 1940
Builder:                                 Caledon, Dundee
Launched:                             22 August 1941
Into Service:                          4 December 1941
Out of service:
Fate:                                    18 November 1962 ran aground when under tow - Total loss.

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   The six ships in this Class were designed in the mid -1930’s by Rowland Baker as replacements for the 2000t BELGOL CLASSand were the first Admiralty-designed tankers since the  1917 5000t FAST LEAF CLASS. As originally built, for camouflage purposes, they had canvas deckhouses, a dummy plate funnel forward, their foremast was on the starboard bow, the wheelhouse was offset to port, and in some cases their genuine funnel was cut low and was on the port quarter, fitted with a spark arrester. Originally armed with 1 x 4” LA, 1 x 12 pdr HA/LA and several Lewis guns, as the War progressed the armament fits altered and finally averaged 1 x 4” HA, 1 x 40mm Bofors and 4 x single 20mm Oerlikons. These vessels served extensively as Escort Tankers on the Russian Convoys, Norwegian coastal raids, Malta Convoys and with the British Pacific Fleet. Apart from GRAY RANGER which became a War Loss, the Class had exceptionally long Service lives and were finally replaced by the ROVER CLASS

28 August 1939 ordered

23 September 1940 laid down

21 August 1941 launched by Caledon Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Dundee as Yard Nr 391 named GREEN RANGER

24 October 1941 Mr J J Moore RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

November 1941 Captain Horace W Taylor RFA appointed as Master

4 December 1941 completed and joined the Fleet  Fuelling Service as an Aviation Spirit Carrier. She  was the Navy’s first large spirit carrier with white oil. She spent many years out East, based firstly at Mombasa

20 February 1942 sailed Methil in convoy EN49 to Oban arriving on 23 February 1942

23 February 1942 sailed Oban in convoy OS20 to Freetown arriving 12 March 1942

15 May 1942 sailed Cape Town independently to Mombasa arriving 27 May 1942

18 July 1942 sailed Freetown independently to Takoradi arriving 24 July 1942

25 July 1942 sailed Takoradi independently to Lagos arriving 26 July 1942

12 August 1942 sailed Lagos independently to Cape Town arriving 23 August 1942

9 September 1942 sailed Cape Town independently to Mombasa arriving 21 September 1942

1 November 1942 24 of her Ratings, along with 29 Ratings from RFA EAGLESDALE and 1 Officer from RFA ARNDALE were being repatriated to the UK aboard the MOWT troopship  ss MENDOZA when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-178 70 miles ENE of Durban in position 29.13 S 32.13 E whilst sailing independently from Mombasa to Durban - one of the Green Ranger's crew - Able Seaman Sydney David Fawns Cochrane discharged dead. He is remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial

 

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17 January 1943 as reported in the Admiralty War Diary of this date Green Ranger was to be converted from a spirit tanker to carry fuel oil. It was directed she sail to Bombay with a full load of aviation spirit for a refit, docking and the conversion work as it was not possible to undertake the work at Kilindini

1 February 1943 sailed Kilindini independently arriving Addu Atoll arriving 11 February 1943

14 February 1943 sailed Addu Atoll in convoy A3 to Colombo arriving 18 February 1943

19 February 1943 sailed Colombo independently to Trincomalee arriving on 21 February 1943

28 February 1943 sailed Trincomalee independently to Colombo arriving on 1 March 1943

2 March 1943 sailed Colombo in convoy MB27 to Bombay arriving 6 March 1943

19 March 1943 sailed Colombo independently to Trincomalee arriving 20 March 1943

15 April 1943 sailed Bombay independently to Bandar Abbas arriving 20 April 1943

21 April 1943 sailed Banda Abbas independently to Abadan arriving 23 April 1943

24 April 1943 sailed Abadan 

28 April 1943 sailed Bandar Abbas in convoy PA35 to Aden arriving 6 May 1943

6 May 1943 sailed Aden independently to Suez arriving 10 May 1943

12 May 1943 arrived and then sailed Port Said independently to Alexandria arriving 14 May 1943

15 May 1943 sailed Alexandria in convoy MW28 to Malta arriving 21 May 1943

20 May 1943 in Operation Husky - Naval Operation Orders dated this day - Appendix 1 - shows GREEN RANGER would be based at Malta together with RFA BROWN RANGER to provide Furnace Fuel Oil and part stowage for 100 octane spirit

3 June 1943 sailed Alexandria in convoy XTG1 to Sousse arriving 10 June 1943

13 September 1943 refueled Italian Battleships "Italia" and "Vittorio Veneto" at Mersa Sarobh prior to them sailing to Alexandria

14 October 1943 Captain George S Perry RFA appointed as Master

 G S Perry

Captain George S Perry RFA

25 November 1943 in dry dock No 5 at French Creek, Malta

26 November 1943 Captain Horace W Taylor RFA discharged dead. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium

18 December 1943 sailed Malta in convoy UGS25 to Port Said arriving 21 December 1943

7 January 1944 sailed Abadan independently to Colombo arriving 16 January 1944

16 January 1944 sailed Colombo independently to Trincomalee arriving the next day

18 January 1944 C in C East Indies reported by signal to the Admiralty that Green Ranger had many defects and was unsuitable to join the British Pacific Fleet until she had a refit and was provided with modern oiling at sea gear. He intended to arrange for the ship to undergo a refit at Bombay which could last two months

3 March 1944 at Trincomalee Harbour, Ceylon alongside HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH refuelling her

7 April 1944 at Trincomalee Harbour, Ceylon USS Fanning (DD385) alongside to refuel 

4 November 1944 Mr William E Burke RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

25 November 1944 sailed Trincomalee independently arriving the next day

10 December 1944 sailed Colombo independently to Trincomalee 12 December 1944

1 February 1945 sailed Trincomalee independently to Bombay arriving 6 February 1945

February/March/April 1945 undergoing repairs at Bombay

16 April 1945 sailed Bombay independently to Colombo arriving 19 April 1945

26 April 1945 sailed Colombo independently to Darwin towing HMS BARBAIN arriving 15 May 1945. She was directed on arrival off Darwin to slip HMS BARBAIN to allow her to enter harbour under her own steam. It was estimated their SOA would be 10kts - details from the Admiralty War Diary

18 May 1945 sailed Darwin independently to Manus arriving 24 May 1945

1 July 1945 at Manus in harbour with RFA RAPIDOL

11 July 1945 at Seeadler Harbour, Admiralty Islands HMAS BURNIE alongside for replenishment of water

1 August 1945 at Manus in harbour with RFA BACCHUS (2), RFA BROWN RANGER, RFA RAPIDOL, with RFA WAVE MONARCH

August 1945 was attached to the British Pacific Fleet along with RFA’s ARNDALE, BACCHUS (2), BISHOPDALE, BROWN RANGER, CEDARDALE,  DINGLEDALE, EASEDALE, EMPIRE SALVAGE, RAPIDOL, SERBOL,  WAVE EMPEROR, WAVE GOVERNOR, WAVE KING, WAVE MONARCH and HMS (later RFA) OLNA (2)

30 August 1945 sailed Manus independently to Hong Kong arriving on 9 September 1945

13 October 1945 arrived Manus 

17 November 1945 Captain Robert D Almond RFA (Lieutenant Commander RNR) appointed as Master. Remained in command until 9 March 1946

Captain Robert Almond

Captain Robert D Almond RFA

14 February 1946 arrived at Dreger (Papua New Guinea)

22 Febbruary 1946 sailed Dreger (Papua New Guinea) to Port Moresby arriving 24 February 1946

26 March 1946 arrived Bombay from Port Moresby

4 April 1946 sailed Bombay to Abadan arriving 8 April 1946

12 June 1946 Captain Ernest W J Rousell RFA appointed as Master

Captain Ernest WIlliam ROUSELL

Captain Ernest W J Rousell RFA
early in his career at sea

23 August 1946 Mr D S Wood RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

24 September 1946 was accidentally struck by a torpedo fitted with a dummy warhead which had gone off course during a naval firing exercise in Portland Harbour. She was struck below the waterline but remained afloat and was repaired.

25 October 1947 Mr A B Tate RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

31 October 1947 Captain Edward E A Le Sage RFA appointed as Master

 Captain EEA Le Sage

Captain Edward E A Le Sage RFA
(while early in his career at sea)

21 September 1948 arrived at Singapore

4 August 1949 Mr Harry F Duce DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Harry F Duce

Chief Engineer Officer Harry F Duce DSC RFA

9 February 1950 Captain E Payne RFA appointed as Master

25 June 1950 to the 27 July 1953 saw service during the Korean War along with 18 other RFA’s and was awarded the Korea 1951-52 Battle Honour. Became part of the British Fleet Train as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet and formed Task Force 77 based at Sassebo

6 July 1950 refuelled HMS TRIUMPH at Okinawa, Japan along with RFA FORT CONSTANTINE which supplied the aircraft carrier with stores

HMS Triumph 1950

HMS TRIUMPH

6 January 1951 Mr J G Simpson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

12 March 1951 at Sasebo, Japan moored alongside USS Orleck (DD 886) refuelling her - the US ships log shows she received 150,472 gallons of fuel oil

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USS Orleck (DD 886)

13 June 1951 received contaminated AVGAS fuel off loaded from HMS GLORY which had come from RFA WAVE PREMIER

27 June 1951 refuelled HMS GLORY

25 September 1951 at Kure, Japan berthed alongside HMS OCEAN and refuelled her

14 October 1951 at Inchon together with RFA WAVE PREMIER refuelled RN warships including HMS THESEUS

29 October 1951 escorted to the west coast of Korea by HMAS MURCHISON

2 November 1951 off Mogudeki Island with HMAS MURCHISON alongside being refuelled

18 November 1951 at Sasebo, Japan Assistant Steward Ng Tsui Chung discharged dead from natural causes while being treated on RFA Maine (4)

23 November 1951 at Fox Anchorage refuelled USS Edmonds alongside

29 February 1952 Captain Frederick G Evans RFA appointed as Master

18 March 1952 refuelled HMS GLORY

5 April 1952 refulled HMS GLORY

20 May 1952 in the London Gazette of this day on page 2788 Captain Eric Payne RFA  was awarded a 'Mention in Dispatches'

25 September 1952 at Kure, Japan refuelled HMS OCEAN alongside

14 October 1952 at Sasebo, Japan refuelled HMS OCEAN with AVGAS alongside

October 1952 at Sasebo, Japan the Masters and Officers of RFA's WAVE SOVEREIGN and GREEN RANGER and the then MFA FORT LANGLEY received an RPC from the Wardroom of HMS OCEAN

Awarded the Battle Honour Korea 1951 - 1952

11 June 1953 at Kure, Japan with HMAS CULGOA berthed alongside and refuelled

18 August 1953 at Kure, Japan with HMAS CULGOA berthed alongside and refuelled

7 September 1953 Mr Harry F Duce DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 November 1953 at Kure, Japan with HMAS CULGOA berthed alongside and being refuelled

6 November 1953 at Kure, Japan HMAS CULGOA slipped

11 December 1953 Captain Hubert G Carkeet RFA appointed Master

13 January 1954 at Taedong Do HMAS MURCHISON berthed alongside and was refuelled

11 February 1954 at Taedong Do HMAS MURCHISON berthed alongside and was refuelled

19 February 1954 at Taedong Do HMAS MURCHISON berthed alongside and was refuelled

15 March 1954 at Taedong Do HMAS MURCHISON berthed alongside and was refuelled

4 June 1954 arrived at Malta while on passage from the Far East to the UK flying a paying off pennant

28 November 1954 Mr George Bray RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO George Bray in 1918

Chief Engineer Officer George Bray RFA (image taken in 1918)

February 1955 Captain A H Mackenzie RFA appointed as Master

22 September 1955 Captain Frank S Samson RFA appointed Master

 

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Captain Frank S Samson RFA

 

29 November 1955 sailed Malta with RFA BLUE RANGER and HMS ARK ROYAL for Toulon

8 December 1955 arrived at Malta with RFA BLUE RANGER and HMS ARK ROYAL from Toulon

5 March 1956 Captain Henry O L'Estrange DSC RD RFA (Commander RNR) appointed as Master and Mr J Ross RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

31 July 1956 was chartered for supplying  fuel to US and Canadian Arctic stations accompanied by the ice breaker D'Iberville 

31 July 1957 in collision with the Norwegian BUCCANEER in fog off Beachy Head, but managed to reach Southampton safely

6 September 1957 Captain George Robson RFA appointed as Master

12 September 1957 Mr E Smeaton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

24 September 1957 put into the River Tagus, Lisbon with engine trouble

1957 to 1958 supported Operation Grapple- the British H-bomb test at Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean - along with 16 other RFA’s

 

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18 September 1957 deployed on Operation Grapple carrying 125 tons 18.25 cwt of cargo to Chrismas Island

14 April 1958 RASed with HMS CARDIGAN BAY while she was on passage from Hong Kong to Bankok

17 April 1958 RAS'ed with HMS St. BRIDES BAY while the RN ship was on passage between Hong Kong and Sasebo

1958 to 1962 laid up in Operational Reserve at Devonport

18 November 1962 whilst on her way from Reserve to refit at Cardiff in tow of the tug CASWELL in a Force 8 gale, the tow broke and was blown ashore off Mansley Cliff, North Devon. Her Crew of 7 were rescued by breeches buoy

Green Ran ashore 

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8 December 1962 she broke in two overnight and became a total loss

 

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Notes:

 

1.  Was part of the British Pacific Fleet Train - hence the B-pennant number 

2. The Minister of Transport’s Shield was awarded to the Hartland (Devon) Lifesaving Apparatus Co for affording the best wreck service in 1962/63

 

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Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA Green Rover

 

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                 KRI Arun

Official Number:                      337864

Class:                                     ROVER CLASS Small Fleet Tanker

Pennant No:                           A268 / 903

Laid down:                             28 February 1968
Builder:                                   Swan Hunter, Hebburn on Tyne
Launched:                              19 December 1968 
Into Service:                           15 August 1969
Out of service:                        1992
Fate:                                      In service with Indonesian Navy as 'KRI Arun'

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

 

Background Data:   In 1967, tenders were invited for what eventually turned out to be five ships in this Class. Owing to unsatisfactory performance from the original engines, which had been a political decision, the first three ships in the Class were re-engined in 1974. The final two ships differed slightly from the earlier three and had improved accommodation standards and different stern anchor arrangements.

 

January 1968 ordered

28 February 1968 laid down

19 December 1968 launched by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd, Hebburn  as Yard Nr: 6 named GREEN ROVER. The Lady Sponsor was Mrs R.H. Shipway, the wife of the Director of Fuel, Movements & Transport (Naval)

 

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March 1969 Captain Archibald Proudlock RFA appointed as Master and Mr R Cann RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

9 July 1969 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

15 August 1969 completed at a cost of £3m

16 August 1969 was accepted from the builders. 2 months ahead of the original planned date

17 August 1969 sailed from the Tyne after acceptance from the builders and proceeded to Chatham for Navy Days there

31 August 1969 to 1 September 1969 at Chatham Dockyard open to the public during Navy Days. 13,371 members of the public visited the ship

September 1969 towed the disabled RFA APPLELEAF (2) from the North Atlantic to Devonport where she underwent extended repairs

1 January 1970 at Portsmouth

12 January 1970 sailed Portsmouth to the Great Nore and anchored

13 January 1970 sailed from her anchorage at the Great Nore to the Isle of Grain

14 January 1970 at the Isle of Grain loaded 4,691 tons of diesol as cargo then sailed the same day to Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

15 January 1970 at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty loaded 2,675 tons of diesol and 2,460 tons of FFO

19 January 1970 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Portland and secured to A3 buoy

20 January 1970 to 22 January 1970 engaged in exercises with RN ships in the Portland Exercise Area

23 January 1970 sailed Portland to Spithead anchorage

24 January 1970 berthed at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty from Spithead anchorage

27 January 1970 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Spithead anchorage

28 January 1970 berthed at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty from Spithead anchorage

2 February 1970 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to alongside at Portland

3 February 1970 alongside at Portland with RFA BLACK RANGER berthed alongside

4 February 1970 to 26 February 1970 day sailing to the Portland Exercise area

26 February 1970 anchored at Spithead

27 February 1970 entered Portsmouth Harbour - No 1 berth at Fountain Lake

5 March 1970 moved to alongside RFA TIDEFLOW on Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty. Loaded 2,577 tons of FFO and sailed

8 March 1970 berthed at Gibraltar on berths 47/48 on the South Mole

11 March 1970 sailed Gibraltar

13 March 1970 entered French Creek, Malta berthed starboard side to on Canteen Wharf

16 March 1970 sailed Malta for Augusta

17 March 1970 loaded cargo at Augusta

18 March 1970 sailed Augusta

20 March 1970 passed Gibraltar

23 March 1970 anchored at Spithead

24 March 1970 berthed alongside Gosport Oil Jetty

10 April 1970 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

12 April 1970 berthed at No: 6 Berth, Faslane

14 April 1970 sailed Faslane to Belfast Lough arriving the same day

15 April 1970 sailed Belfast Lough

17 April 1970 to 24 April 1970 engaged in exercises in the Cromarty Firth

25 April 1970 berthed at Aarhus - 7 basin

28 April 1970 sailed Aarhus to Rosyth

30 April 1970 berthed at Rosyth Dockyard - south arm

6 May 1970 sailed Rosyth to Tayport returning to Rosyth the next day

8 May 1970 sailed Rosyth to Sunderland

9 May 1970 berthed at Hudson Dock, Sunderland to back up the Sunderland Careers Exhibition

15 May 1970 sailed Sunderland to Portland

16 May 1970 arrived at Portland

17 May 1970 engaged in day sailing in the Portland Exercise area until 5 June 1970

5 June 1970 sailed Portland to Gibraltar arriving 7 June 1970 berthing on the South Arm of the Dockyard in No: 47 berth

18 June 1970 sailed Gibraltar

21 June 1970 berthed on A3 buoy, Portland Harbour

22 June 1970 to 25 June 1970 engaged in day sailing in the Portland Exercise area

26 June 1970 sailed Portland to Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

30 June 1970 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to A3 buoy, Portland Harbour

8 December 1970 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

4 April 1971 RASed with HMAS SYDNEY while she was on passage from Australia to Vung Tau, Vietnam

12 September 1971 carried out deck landing trials with the new Harrier Jump Jet while Green Rover was moored at Greenwich Pier

Harrier lands on Green Rover

 

December 1971 visited Jamestown, St. Helena

19 February 1972 R/V'ed with HMS MIVERVA

20 June 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 25 June 1973

29 June 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 4 July 1973

8 July 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 11 July 1973

27 July 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 30 July 1973

4 August 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 9 August 1973

14 August 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 19 August 1973

26 August 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 2 September 1973

6 September 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 14 September 1973

19 September 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 22 September 1973

December 1973 re-engined with 2 x 16 cyl Pielstick 400 x 460mm diesel engines by Crossley Premier Engines Ltd, Manchester. 15360 bhp. Speed now 19½ knots

17 September 1974 along with RFA’s OLNA (3) and STROMNESS, sailed Portsmouth as part of TaskGroup 317.2 led by the helicopter cruiser HMS BLAKE

29 March 1975 to 26 April 1975 humanitarian aid - was part of Operation Stellaalong with the frigate HMS LOWESTOFT - the evacuation of refugees from Vietnam

24 November 1975 to 1 June 1976 provided support during the Third  Cod War - the Fishing Dispute with Iceland

14 April 1976 at Faslane

11 October 1976 at Loch Striven

25 January 1977 Along with RFA’s STROMNESS and TIDEPOOL sailed Devonport as part of Task Group 317.5 led by the helicopter cruiser HMS TIGER

31 May 1977 at Chatham Dockyard

31 May 1978 along with RFA’s STROMNESS and TIDESPRING sailed Portsmouth as part of  Task Group 317.7 led by the helicopter cruiser HMS BLAKE

5 July 1978 to 7 July 1978 With the frigate HMS JUNO was present off the Virgin Islands owing to internal  security problems

19 April 1980 to 21 April 1980 at Portland berthed outboard of RFA BRAMBLELEAF (3)

7 August 1980 to 12 August 1980 involved with the frigate HMS SCYLLA off Cayman Islands providing humantarian relief in the wake of Hurricane Allen

18 February 1981 at North Shields

22 August 1981 at Chatham Dockyard

1982 was one of the very few RFA vessels which did not see service during the Falklands Conflict

16 May 1985 the Greek Government refused permission for Green Rover to use refueling facilities at Souda Bay, Crete while the ship was taking part in a NATO Exercise 'Distant Hammer'. The Greek Government was boycotting the NATO Exercise. The ship was deployed to Izmir, Turkey instead

18 August 1985 transferred 1350 gallons of fuel to Richard Branson’s VIRGIN ATLANTIC CHALLENGER during its Blue Riband attempt. Unfortunately the 32-ton vessel overturned just 140 miles (224km) short of its target, the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall and sank just 4 hours later without completing its Atlantic crossing

atlantic challenger sinking 2

12 March 1987  Mr Robert Settle RFA appointed Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Bob Settle

Chief Engineer Officer Robert Settle RFA

September 1987 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

19 May 1988 entered Portsmouth Harbour

27 May 1988 placed in reserve on 30 days notice and was laid up in No 3 Basin

7 April 1992 purchased by her builders who then resold her to the Indonesian Navy for £6m

9 April 1992 was towed from Portsmouth to the Tyne renamed  C  to be taken in hand for a 4 month refurbishment before re-entering service for her new owners. She became the Flagship of the Training Commander

10 March 1993 at Portsmouth

22 October 1993 with other Indonesian Naval units berthed at Sydney, NSW on a visit to RAN Navy

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KRI ARUN 903

24 April 2000 At least 900 people comprising of local elite, religious and community leaders launch a reconciliation effort on aboard to reduce religious tension in Maluku

11 November 2000 used as a Vice Presidential Yacht by Megawati Sukarnoputri the Vice President of Indonesia for two days in the city of Ambon and Tual, Southeast Maluku District.  112 Navy personnel were deployed to secure the KRI Arun

28 June 2004 caught Hong Kong flagged motor vessel Law Kit Ting carrying about 300 kilogrammes of live Napoleon fish. The ship was also carrying 1.5 tons of group and live lobsters. The ship did not have the necessary authorities to catch this type of fish

14 October 2004 to 17 October 2004 visited Perth, Western Australia with two other units of the Indonesian Navy. The three ships were under the command of Commodore Agus Suhartono, Commander of the Command Task Group

9 December 2004 with two other ships from the Indonesian Navy held joint exercises with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces

February 2006 KRI Arun and two other ships of the Indonesian Navy  impounded fourteen Chinese and Thai as well as nine Indonesian-flagged vessels after catching them red-handed fishing illegally in the Aru Sea, Maluku Province. All of the apprehended vessels were held at the Navy`s bases in Timika and Merauke, Papua Province pending legal proceedings. The Chinese flagged vessels` names were KM Hai Wang, KM Dech Alsung, MV Qiong Yu Wanyu-01, MV Qiong Yu Wanyu-02, MV Hai Xing-01 and MV Hai Xing-02, and the Thai-flagged ones MV Phong Thip Piyapoom, MV Phong Thip Cholphum, MV Por Ruanglarp, MV Netchantri-12, MV Or Apirachainapiee, MV Apirachainapiee-05, MV Sea Hunter, and MV Chaipichitnapiee-12

30 December 2006 a ship with 25 crew members was reported to have sunk in the Suar mandalika waters some 30 nautical miles of South Kalimantan at the early hours "The East Java naval base has sent KRI Arun, another warship and an aircraft to help rescue the victims

23 May 2007 involved in Naval and Army exercises 'Striker Quick Reaction Force'  in Tarakan, East Kalimantan (Kaltim) to enhance the capabilities, skills and professionalism of the Indonesian Forces

10 April 2008 arrested a tramp ship belonging to a Chinese national in the Fak-Fak waters, Papua province. MV Fuyuan Yu F 80  1,344 GT vessel was skippered by Cheng Kong Zhang and had served as a tramper to collect fish catch. It was reported she had the capacity of carry 1,000 tons

12 August 2009 to 20 August 2009 took part in Exercise Sail Bunaken activities with 24 other ships from 14 countries

9 October 2012 at Surabaya, Indonesia Navy Colonel (P) Eko Joko Wijono took over command 

Green Rover command

Command hand over

Notes:

 

1.  KRI = Kapal Republik Indonesia  = Republic of Indonesia Ship

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

 

 

 

 

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RFA Greenol as the sand dredger Seastone

 

Previous name:                      Thames Conservancy Hopper No.6, PLA Hopper No.6
Subsequent name:                  PLA Hopper No.6,  James No.46,  Seastone  

Official Number:                     123823                                                      

Class:                                     ex-PLA HOPPER

Pennant No:                           X28

Laid down:
Builder:                                  Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley
Launched:                              26 March 1907
Into Service:                           9 September 1916
Out of service:
Fate:                                      Broken up February 1982

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   As WW1 progressed, the demand for fuelling ships became more acute and the 6 vessels in this Class were all formerly PLA Hoppers, used for working with the dredgers in London. They lent themselves to rapid conversion into tankers by plating over the bottom sludge door joints and by installing a pipeline and a pump. They were all coal burners that had been built on the River Clyde and after acquisition by the Admiralty, they were renamed after salient features of the River Thames and their new names used the leading parts of the names of London boroughs. In 1920 they were all returned to the PLA and they resumed their previous names. They are all recorded in official records as Royal Fleet Auxiliaries

 

13 February 1907 launched by Fleming & Ferguson Ltd, Paisley as Yard Nr: 355 named THAMES CONSERVANCY HOPPER No: 6 for the Conservators of the River Thames, London

March 1907 completed

1909 renamed PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY HOPPER No 6 by the Port of London Authority, London

9 September 1916 chartered by the Admiralty, converted into a tanker and renamed RFA GREENOL, The Admiralty paid for hire of this ship at £240 per month

3 October 1916 Engineer Sub Lieutenant T S King RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer. He was discharged to RFA Sunhill on 19 May 1919

30 November 1916 Lieutenant James Tedham RNR appointed in command. He was discharged to RFA Sunhill on 19 May 1919.

8 January 1917 Engineer Sub Lieutenant John G W Brown RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

22 Novermber 1917 at Liverpool alongside HMS COCHRANE refuelling her with 367 tons of FFO

HMS Cochrane

HMS COCHRANE

26 August 1918 Fireman W Melvin MMR 903375 logged as deserting. He had signed on on 19 September 1917  

1920 returned to her owners and resumed her previous name

1927 purchased by C.H. Campbell Ltd, London

1928 sold to James Dredging and renamed James No 46

October 1930 re-engined with a T. 3 cyl 13” 21½“& 35” x 27” by A. Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen. 100 nhp

6 March 1939 arrived at Grangemouth from Rosyth

15 March 1939 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

12 April 1939 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

15 June 1939 arrived at Grangemouth from Rosyth in ballast

2 July 1939 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

1961 sold to Foremost Dredging and renamed Seastone and converted to sand suction dredger

 

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Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA Grey Rover
 
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RFA Grey Rover while visiting Qingdao, Shangdong Province,
People's Republic of China in 2004
 
 
 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                      338950

Class:                                    ROVER CLASS Small Fleet Tanker

Pennant No:                           A269

Laid down:                             28 February 1968
Builder:                                  Swan Hunter, Hebburn on Tyne
Launched:                              17 April 1969

Into Service:                           10 April 1970

Out of service:                        15 March 2006

Fate:                                      Arrived at ship breakers at Liverpool 18 October 2009

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   In 1967, tenders were invited for what eventually turned out to be five ships in this Class. Owing to unsatisfactory performance from the original engines, which had been a political decision, the first three ships in the Class were re-engined in 1974. The final two ships differed slightly from the earlier three and had improved accommodation standards and different stern anchor arrangements

 

17 April 1969 launched by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd, Hebburn as Yard Nr: 7 named  GREY ROVER. The Lady Sponsor was Lady Parker ,the wife of Vice Admiral Sir John Parker KBE,CB,DSC who was Flag Officer Medway

9 July 1969 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

10 April 1970 completed and accepted three months later than the original planned date

September 1970 took over from RFA BLACK RANGER as the FOST tanker

July 1972 anchored in Hollesley Bay near Orfordness in support of the Army’s Operation  Polex 72 - the pumping of 2000 tons of jet fuel, ferried in dracones towed by workboats to a nearby off-shore pumping station, through a specially constructed 12  mile pipeline to USAF Bases at Bentwaters and Woodbridge

17 July, 1973 at Campletown

28 July 1973 was struck below the waterline by the Canadian submarine HMCS Okanagan - images of the result of this collision can be found HERE

August 1973 dry docked at Govan, Glasgow

15 October 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 18 October 1973

28 October 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 31 October 1973

4 November 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 13 November 1973

17 January 1974 at Faslane

12 March 1974 at Faslane

April 1974 re-engined with 2 x 16 cyl Pielstick 400 x 460mm diesel engines by Crossley Premier Engines Ltd, Manchester. 15360 bhp. Speed now 19½ knots

25 April 1976 carried out abeam refuelling trials which involved just the connection of hoses, with the British merchant tanker BRITISH TAMAR

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British merchant tanker BRITISH TAMAR

17 June 1976 to 22 June 1976 along with RFA STROMNESS and the frigates HMS EXMOUTH and HMS MERMAID she stood by off the Lebanon to evacuate British nationals

23 April 1977 with HM Royal Yacht BRITANNIA moored in Grand Harbour, Malta

June 1977 Captain Roy B Mathews RFA in command

17 June 1977 at Wallsend on Tyne

5 September 1977 along with RFA’s REGENT, TARBATNESS and TIDEPOOL sailed Portsmouth as part of Task group 317.6 led by the helicopter cruiser HMS TIGER

3 June 1978 berthed at Portland

22 September 1978 berthed on the River Tyne

14 October 1978 at Portsmouth

7 December 1978 to 9 December 1978 whilst part of Task Group 332.1 on passage from Karachi to the Seychelles was ordered to loiter off Iran owing to civilian unrest and the possible evacuation of  British nationals which resulted in the overthrow of the Shah

17 January 1980 due to the Iranian Crisis was part of the RN Task Force which was despatched to the   Mediterranean to co-operate with the USN along with RFA FORT GRANGE

11 September 1980 Captain Shane Redmond RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Shane Redmond RFA

 

23 June 1981 off Portland Bill the ashes of the late 2nd Officer Roger B Thomas RFA, who died on 10 June 1981,  were scattered in the presence of his parents and several RFA Officers

December 1981 Captain Ollie G Lynch RFA in command

18 December 1981 at Portsmouth

7 April 1982 was established as the resident work-up tanker in the Portland Area

April to June 1982 during Operation Corporate - the Falklands Conflict - she was the only operational RFA tanker which remained on the Home Coast. She carried out RAS trials with STUFT ships en route to the Falkland Islands in the SW Approaches to the English Channel whilst herself based at Portland. The smallest vessel worked with was the trawler FARNELLA and the largest was the liner QUEEN ELIZABETH 2

25 April 1982 off Plymouth undertook a trial RAS with Stuft ship mv Atlantic Conveyor before the ships departure to the Falklands War

May 1982 undertook a trial RAS with the RMS QE2 prior to the troop ships departure to the Falklands War

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19 May 1982 off Plymouth RASed with the STUFT Sealink Ferry St Edmuund

24 June 1982 at Portsmouth

21 December 1982 at Portsmouth

10 August 1983 to 16 August 1983 was diverted from Armilla Patrol duties in the Gulf, along with the frigates HMS ANDROMEDA and HMNZS WAIKATO to the vicinity of the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean owing to illegal incursions in the area

December 1983 ordered to Cyprus along with the frigates HMS ACHILLES and HMS ANDROMEDA to support Operation Offcut - naval support to British troops in the multi-national force in the Lebanon, along with RFA’s BLUE ROVER,  BRAMBLELEAF (3) and later RELIANT(3)

8 December 1983 released from Operation Offcut and returned to the U.K.

6 January 1984 berthed on Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

9 April 1984 at Faslane

2 August 1984 berthed at Rosyth when a 'bomb threat' was received by the Master and by the Chief Engineer Officer. Later Steward George Selby from the ship appeared before Dunfermaline Sheriff Court and admitted making the hoax call. He was find £500.00

Bomb

Article from the Daily Telegraph of 3 August 1984

25 September 1984 a team from the ship fought a fire on motor yacht YANKEE CLIPPER in Freeport in the Bahamas

13 December 1984 berthed on the River Tyne

26 July 1985 at Plymouth

24 January 1986 at Portsmouth

March 1986 RASed with HNMS Isaac Sweers off the Hebrides

HNMS Isaac Sweers

HNMS Isaac Sweers
© George Mortimer – RFAHS member

 

6 June 1986 at Portsmouth

17 April 1987 at Portland

31 July 1987 at Gosport Oilfuel Jetty

30 April 1900 at Plymouth

4 June 1990 at Plymouth

21 September 1990 at Plymouth

2 December 1990 berthed at East Cove Military Port, East Falkland

27 January 1994 berthed at Cape Town, South Africa in company with HMS NORFOLK for a five day visit. Both ships were open to the public and 53,000 visitors came onboard both ships

Grey Rover at Cape Town

Grey Rover and Norfolk open to the public

19 March 1994 berthed at the East Cove Military Port, East Falkland

April 1994 whilst on patrol off South Georgia she rescued the single-handed yachtswoman Anne Lise Guy and her boat WILDFLOWER

10 May 1994 humanitarian aid - assisted 28 surviving crew of the Chilean vessel FIRO SURE V after a severe fire had killed two and injured many others and escorted the vessel back to Grytviken

4 July 1994 berthed at the East Cove Military Port, East Falkland

15 July 1994 berthed at the Falkland Islands

24 January 1995 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

29 May 1995 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

7 January 1998 off the Falkland Islands

8 June 1998 at Plymouth

15 June 1998 to 27 November 1998 in refit

28 March 1999 Captain (E) Edward M Quigley RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

22 December 1999 at Cape Town, South Africa

 Grey Rover cape Town

RFA Grey Rover at Cape Town on 5 January 2000 
kindly donated by Robert Pabst

17 February 2000 at Tenerife Captain Trevor J Iles RFA appointed in command

27 July 2000 at Falkland Islands

14 December 2000 at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands and Captain Trevor J Iles RFA appointed in command

18 June 2001 to 20 August 2001 routine docking at Wallsend

20 August 2001 Captain (X) Paul Whyte RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain Paul Whyte on Argus in Faluth

Captain (X) Paul Whyte RFA

1 November 2001 berthed at Devonport

21 February 2002 berthed at East Cove, Falkland Islands

20 March 2002 to 25 March 2002 berthed at Las Palmas

12 April 2002 berthed at Lagos, Nigeria

19 July 2002 berthed at East Cove, Falkland Islands, Captain (X) Paul Whyte RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

2 January 2003 berthed at East Cove, Falkland Islands

13 January 2003 anchored off Tristan da Cunha

30 January 2003 to 20 April 2003 was retasked from the South Atlantic for Operation Telic - the 2nd Gulf War - along with 13 other RFA‘s

13 February 2003 berthed at Dubai. Captain Anthony McNally RFA appointed as Commanding Officer until 1 August 2003

26 April 2003 berthed at Port Klang

29 May to 3 June 2003 visited ports in South Korea with HMS LIVERPOOL

5 June 2003 berthed at Tokyo

1 July 2003 berthed at Yokyo with HMS's LIVERPOOL and MARLBOROUGH

7 July 2003 berthed at Port Blair with HMS LIVERPOOL

8 August 2003 returned to Plymouth on completion of Operation Telic duties

30 November 2003 Captain Anthony McNally RFA appointed as Commanding Officer until 7 June 2004

25 March 2004 berthed at Gibraltar from Southampton

2004 conducted the first RAS with a unit of the Singapore Navy.

18 June 2004 with HMS EXETER visited Qingdao, Shangdong Province, People's Republic of China and the North Sea Fleet of the Peoples Liberation Army Navy

2 July 2004 engaged in tri-nations naval exercise together with HMS EXETER, USS Cowpens (CG63), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD49) and two Russian vessels off the coast of Vladivostok, Russia

July 2004 berthed at the United States Naval Facility, Yokosuka for a self maintenance period.

23 September 2004 berthed at Goa, India

4 January 2005 Captain Anthony McNally RFA appointed as Commanding Officer until 1 July 2005

1 July 2005 Captain Shaun Jones RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Shaun Jones

Captain Shaun Jones RFA

July 2005 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

August 2005 berthed alongside at Montevideo

October 2005 at South Georgia

18 November 2005 Captain Anthony Macnally RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

8 December 2005 sailed Port Stanley, Falklands Islands for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Christmas and New Years Holidays

2 February 2006 whilst supporting the destroyer HMS SOUTHAMPTON was involved in a major £350 million drugs bust in the SW Caribbean which involved the merchant ship RAMPAGE,from which 3.5t of cocaine was seized

15 March 2006 arrived Portsmouth for the last time after destoring in Scotland and was decommissioned

20 February 2008 the ships bell was sold at Bonhams, London for £480 including premium

May 2009 at Portsmouth Harbour

Grey Rovers bell

14 October 2009 left Portsmouth under tow of the tug Braveheart to the breakers yard.

18 October 2009 arrived at Canada Graving Dock, Liverpool Bay for demolition by Leavesley International

 

 RFA Growler (1)

RFA Growler 1

RFA Growler (1)

Previous name:                           Marquess of Anglesey
Subsequent name:                     Branksea

Official Number                           145367

Class:                                           Naval Stores Carrier

Pennant No:                                 X29

Laid down:

Builder:                                         Edwards & Symes, Millwall     
Launched:                                    1890  
Into Service:                                 1914

Out of service:                              30 November 1921     
Fate:                                              Sold out of service

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

1890 Launched by Edwards & Symes, Millwall as Yard Nr: 220 named MARQUESS OF ANGLESEY

1890 completed

October 1891 War Department ship

26 October 1905 arrived Portsmouth Harbour

5 September 1906 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

11 October 1906 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

15 August 1907 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

3 September 1910 arrived at Portsmouth Dockyard

15 December 1910 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

2 August 1912 arrived at Portsmouth Dockyard

7 February 1913 sailed Portsmouth Dockyard

22 February 1913 arrived at Portsmouth Dockyard

18 March 1913 berthed at Portsmouth Dockyard

8 May 1913 berthed at Portsmouth Dockyard

17 May 1913 at Portsmouth Dockyard moved berths into No: 1 Basin

1914 Naval Stores ship in World War 1 renamed GROWLER

April 1914 Captain J H Skinner RFA appointed as Master

15 May 1914 arrived at Portsmouth Harbour

17 May 1914 arrived at Portsmouth Harbour then sailed the same day

December 1919 Navy List shows the Master to be J H Skinner Esq - no date of appointment shown

30 November 1921 sold out of service and sold to H.J. Beazley

1922 sold to William A. Wilson, 16 Carlton Road, Southampton and renamed Branksea

15 October 1925 Captain Edward C Diaper discharged dead ashore in Weymouth

Captain E C Diaper

Captain Edward C Diaper

1927 owners now Branksea S.S. Co. (G.I. Corbu Manager)

20 April 1927 berthed at Brixham

31 August 1927 ashore in thick fog at Lannacombe, near Start Point while on passage from Par to Terneuzen, Holland with china clay. Torbay life boat was launched to rescue the crew

8 September 1927 refloated

2 May 1928 sold to Dundee Sand and Lighterage & Co Ltd. 21 Dock Street, Dundee (Charles M Murdock Manager) name unchanged

4 May 1928 Press Report from the Dundee Evening Telegraph -

Branksea - Growler 1 - Press Cutting

14 May 1928 arrived at Earl Grey dock, Dundee in tow

10 March 1933 berthed at Earl Grey dock, Dundee

15 March 1933 sailed Perth

6 February 1935 while moored at Earl Grey dock with the crew ashore a fire broke out on board - the fire was quickly extinguished

5 December 1935 press report from the Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette on the ship sinking

Branksea - Growler -ship sunk

7 December 1935 ship refloated

16 May 1936 while grabbing for sand in the River Tay found the body of Mrs Mary Cruickshank floating in the water. Mrs Cruickshank had been reported missing since 10 April 1936. The body was recovered and brought ashore

1940 owned by Tay Sand Co. Ltd name unchanged

20 August 1940 while under the tow of tug Prizeman enroute to Scapa Flow sank at 57'00''N 02'02''W three miles off Girdleness. Cause Unknown. No losses

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Tug Prizeman 

 

 

 

RFA Growler (2)

 

 

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RFA Growler
RFA Growler (2)

 

 


Subsequent name:             Caroline Moller, Castle Peak, Growler, Welshman, Martial

Official Number:                  181186

Class:                                  BUSTLER Class Fleet Tug

Pennant No:                        W105 /  B743 / A111

Laid down:                          31 January 1942

Builder:                                Henry Robb, Leith
Launched:                           10 September 1942
Into Service:                        16 May 1943

Out of service:                     1977
Fate:                                     Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   At the outbreak of WW2 there was a need for modern Fleet Tugs to augment the existing numbers, and experience dictated use of a proven, pre-war design to be built in a commercial shipyard. The answer was provided by Henry Robb of Leith who built 8 ships of this Class for the Royal Navy , making them the first RN Fleet Tugs powered by 2 x 8 cylinder diesel engines. The tugs were ordered in pairs. Oil fuel capacity was 405 tons which gave a range of about 1700 miles. As completed, the Class was armed with 1 x 12 pdr AA gun, 1 x 2 pdr AA, 2  x 20 mm AA  and 4 x Lewis .303 machine guns and had a complement of 42. They were designed for ocean towing, salvage and rescue and had a 30 ton bollard pull but were not suitable fior harbour work. Early in the War they were involved in trials of pressure-minesweeping methods, where a dumb barge was towed behind the tug with the aim of exploding mines intended for merchant ships and warships. Unfortunately the pressure wave created by the tug alone was sufficient to detonate the mines, so the trials were abandoned. Post-War, the Class was ripe for commercial charter and eventually 6 of the Class saw service as RFA’s

 

10 September 1942 launched by Henry Robb Ltd, Leith as Yard Nr: 328 named HMS GROWLER by Mrs Colin Sarel

18 March 1943 sailed Methil in convoy EN206 arriving at Loch Ewe on 20 March 1943

April 1943 the Commanding Officer was Temporary Lieutenant Commander William M Dobbie RNR

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Temp. Lt Commander William M Dobbie RNR
as a Merchant Navy Apprentice in 1920

20 April 1943 in the Admiralty War Diary of this date it was reported to the C in C Western Approaches that the ship Lena Luckenbach had been in collision with another ship at 55.10N 09.40W. The Lena Luckenbach was holded between 1 and 2 holds, was down by the head and might sink but initally was making her way towards Londonderry. Her crew then abandoned her to take passage on the ss Lightning to Liverpool. Rescue tug Growler was sailed with best speed from Campletown to take the Lena Luckenbach in tow 

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ss Lena Luckenbach

30 April 1943 Convoy ON181 sailed Liverpool to New York City. Additional escorts (Escort Group B3) including HMT Growler joined the convoy on 1 May 1943 until 12 May 1943

8 May 1943 during the convoy ON181 was sent to HMS DANEMAN, an escort trawler, which was taking in water into the engine room and boiler room and had no power. Taken in tow.

9 May 1943 the tow between Growler and HMS DANEMAN parted. Thirty one of the crew were saved by Growler. Thirteen others were picked up by the FS Renoncule - two were dead. Four were missing and not recovered

13 May 1943 sailed New York in Convoy HX 239 as Rescue Tug

20 June 1943 sailed the Clyde to Londonderry towing LST406,

28 October 1943 joined Convoy MKS27G which had sailed Gibraltar on the 14 October 1943 as escort for its arrival into Liverpool

24 December 1943 sailed Campbeltown to Moville to rendezvous with an outward-bound convoy which left the next day

30 December 1943 accidently rammed by the tanker Donna Bella. While badly damaged she made Iceland for temporary repairs before returning to Princes Dock, Glasgow 

February 1944 returned to Campbeltown

February 1944 sailed Campbeltown to Moville to rendezvous with an outward-bound convoy which left the next day to St Johns, Newfoundland returning to Campbeltown in March 1944

April 1944 sailed Campbeltown to the Gareloch and towed the French Battleship Courbet to Devonport to be converted into a breakwater during the Allied landing in Normandy

7 June 1944 sailed Weymouth with RFA SAMSONIA (as HMS Samsonia) towing the old French Battleship Courbet to act as a breakwater during the Allied landing in Normandy

10 June 1944 sailed from where Courbet had been scuttled with her Captain and crew to Portsmouth

19 July 1944 sailed Portsmouth in convoy FTC41 to Southend arriving the next day

27 July 1944 sailed Seine Bay in convoy FTC49 to Southend arriving the next day

December 1944 towed AFD38 and a compressor barge from Great Yarmouth to Harwich

27 December 1944 reported in the Admiralty War Diary for this day - Rescue tug Growler was enroute to Rouen to assist tug Empire Jane and Empire Silas to tow the ship Ole Wegger down the River Seine. Strict instruction were given that co-operation with the relevant authorities to ensure the safe passage of this tow as any unforseen accident would close the port of Rouen for an indefinite period

23 January 1945 sailed Antwerp in convoy ATM44 arriving at Southend the following day

4 May 1945 was part of Force 135 for Operation Nestegg - the Channel Islands Liberation

22 May 1945 sailed Liverpool in convoy OS130KM until it dispersed at 47.56N 8.39W on 24 May 1945 HMS REWARD (which became RFA Reward) was in the same convoy

12 February 1946 towed submarine U181 (then Japanese I07) to the Malacca Straits for sinking at  03 05N 100 41E

29 November 1946 Sub-Lieutenant (E) William Gennis RNVR discharged dead. He is remembered with pride on the Liverpool Naval Memorial.

April 1947 chartered to Moller Towages Ltd., Shanghai and renamed Caroline Moller

22 September 1947 with two other tugs managed to pull the 4,000 ton Shell Oil tanker Cyrena off a reef off Katvia Island, New Guinea

9 December 1948 berthed at Fremantle

14 December 1948 sailed North Wharf, Fremantle towing the fire damaged ss Cecil G Sellars to Singapore and then Hong Kong

16 December 1948 put into Champion Bay, Western Australia and anchored off Geralton with engine problems

10 January 1949 sailed from Champion Bay, Western Australia with the fire damaged ss Cecil G Sellars in tow after her engines were repaired

22 June 1949 arrived at the Schilpad Reef in the Arafura Sea north of Australia and rescued the crew of the ss Inchmark which had run aground and became a total loss. 

1 July 1949 arrived at Hong Kong after attempting salvage operations on the British ship Inchmark which had gone aground at 07.05S 132.03E and became a  total loss on 29 May 1949.

21 July 1949 guaranteed safe conduct was given by the Nationalist Chinese Government for the Caroline Moller to go to Shanghai to tow the bomb damaged Blue Funnel Steamer Anchlises to Kobe, Japan for repairs.

29 July 1949 sailed Shanghai to Kobe, Japan with ss Anchlises in tow - arrived 4 August 1949

26 December 1950 sailed Hong Kong to assist an Pan-American ship 'Islas Visayas bound to Amoy, China. The Islas Visayas reported she had been boarded by pirates.

16 January 1952 took in tow the British freighter Admiral Chase between Colombo and Sumatra again after the tow broke. The ship was being towed to Hong Kong for engine repairs

3 May 1952 rechartered by Moller Towages Ltd to Hong Kong Salvage & Towing Co Ltd and renamed Castle Peak

11 August 1952 sailed Hong Kong to salvage the freighter Plymouth Star which was aground off Wenchow, China

8 February 1953 berthed at Sydney, NSW from Formosa

27 February 1953 sailed Sydney, NSW to Japan with ss Dilga and ss Dundula in tow to ship breakers. The tugs Master was Captain Waites

6 April 1953 arrived at Yokohama from Sydney, NSW towing the ss Dilga and ss Dundula for delivery to the ship breakers

22 November 1953 towed the British Registered freighter Tefkros into Hong Kong from the Formosa Strait with a broken rudder

6 December 1954 returned to the Admiralty and renamed HMS GROWLER - pennant number A111

1957 transferred to the RFA as RFA GROWLER

6 May 1957 off Yorkshire coast standing by two fender barges, her tow, which had broken away of the tug the previous day in heavy weather

5 October 1957 with RFA ENFORCER towed AFD22 from Falmouth to Sheerness Dockyard

1958 to 1963 chartered to United Towing Company Ltd and renamed Welshman

2 June 1958 assisted in towing the battleship HMS HOWE to the breakers yard at Inverkeithing when the Howe ran aground while approaching the facility

10 November 1958 in collision with the paddle tug GRINDER at Portsmouth

19 November 1959 arrived at Hong Kong towing the USS Shamrock Bay to the ship breakers there

31 August 1961 Captain Ernest Bond - the tug Master - discharged dead - he collapsed on the bridge while the vessel was on passage from Canada to Genoa

15 December 1961 sailed the Tyne towing a 2800 ton mobile oil platform 'Admar Constructor' 

4 January 1962 lost the tow with the 'Admar Constructor' in heavy weather off the coast of Spain.

23 October 1963 returned to the Admiralty at Devonport and renamed RFA CYCLONE - pennant number A111

4 January 1965 Mr A Daw appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

June 1965 suffered collision damage at Swansea - no further details

19 June 1965 Captain F Murray appointed as Master

14 December 1965 sailed Portsmouth with HMS/m's SEA SCOUT and SERAPH in tow to Briton Ferry for demolition

16 December 1965 while towing HMS/m Seraph to the breakers at Briton Ferry the tow parted. A naval crew were flown by helicopter to the submarine and the tow was re-attached

10 February 1966 arrived with tow at Briton Ferry

21 March 1966 sailed Portsmouth with HMS BERRY HEAD in tow for Devonport

10 July 1966 arrived at Devonport from the Middle East with HMS KEDLESTON in tow

10 July 1967 Captain D M Gentle appointed as Master

7 August 1967 sailed Portsmouth with HMS/m SOLEBAY in tow for demolition

11 August 1967 arrived at Troon with HMS/m SOLEBAY

23 September 1967 sailed Devonport with HMS URSA in tow for Newport for demolition

23 September 1969 to 26 September 1969 alongside at Portsmouth Harbour with ETV Whimbrel outside of her

1971 transferred to the PAS

21 April 1973 towed ship Arquina which had been badly damaged by fire into Teneriffe for examination

1977 laid up Gibraltar

October 1982 on Disposal List at Gibraltar

16 April 1983 sold to Eagle Tugs Ltd (Shipmarc Ltd, Managers), Georgetown, Grand Cayman and based at Mombasa and renamed Martial

 

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Tug Martial, formerly RFA Growler, alongside at Mombasa
Copyright Kevin Patience - published with his consent
 
21 January 1985 sailed Djibouti for demolition at Karachi

30 January 1985 arrived Gadani Beach, Karachi for breaking up by Adam Hardware Industries (Private) Limited, Karachi

 

Notes:

  1.  Was part of the British Pacific Fleet hence the B pennant number

 

Ships of the same name

Growler. A gun vessel launched by Perry’s, Blackwall on the 10 April 1797, 169 bm, 76 x 22.5 feet, armed with 10 x 18 pdr Carronade, 12 x 9 pdr.  Captured by the French off Dungeness on the 20 December 1797.

Growler. A gun-brig of 178 bm launched by Adam’s, Bucklers Hard on the 10 August 1804, 80 x 22.5 feet armed with 10 x 18 pdr carronades, 2 x 12 pdr.  Sold out of service  on the 31 May 1815.

Battle Honours for this Vessel: BASQUE ROADS 1809, GROIX ISLANDS 1812. 

Growler. A wood paddle sloop of 1,059 bm launched by Chatham Dockyard on the 20 July 1841, 180 x 36 feet.  Broken up in 1854.

Growler. A mortar vessel of 117 bm, 65 x 21 feet armed with 1 x 13 inch mortar, launched by Wigram, Blackwall on the 31 March 1855, renamed MV 4 on the 19 October 1855.  Transferred to Chatham as a landing stage on the 16 December 1863.

Battle Honours for this Vessel: BALTIC 1855.

Growler. A wood screw gunboat of the “Albacore” class, launched by Wigram, Blackwall on the 8 May 1856.  Broken up at Malta in August 1864.

Growler. Composite screw gun vessel of 584 tons launched  by Laurie, Glasgow on the 1 December 1868, 155 x 25 feet armed with 1 x 7 inch, 1 x 64 pdr and 2 x 20 pdr.  Sold in November 1887.

 

 

 

For details of RFA Gypol please see RFA Pearleaf (1) 

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