A124 RFA Olmeda


Royal Fleet Auxiliary

1965 to 1994    


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OL class
AO - Support Ship

Flight Deck: OD
Call Sign: GPBE


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1963-aug-27Laid down
1964-nov-19Launchedas RFA Oleander
1965-oct-18Commissioned
1967-dec-4renamed RFA Olmeda
1969-jul-26DeploymentTorbay Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet Present at Ships of the Western Fleet review in Torbay.
1969-nov-25Aircraftlost 826 NAS Wessex HAS.3 XP153/143-E off Portugal, (usually embarked on HMS Eagle).
1975-feb-6Deployment Separation of Cypriot states Ordered to Cyprus to tend HMS Tiger and HMS Charybdis, in support of UN Peace Keeping Force and British interests, until 14 Feb.
1979-may-8Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth supporting HMS Norfolk, Flagship of Task Group 317.8 for a 6.5 month Indian Ocean and Far East group deployment in company with HMS Achilles, HMS Arethusa, HMS Falmouth, RFA Black Rover and RFA Regent. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth on 14 Dec 1978.
1982-apr-5Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic with 824 Squadron A Flt embarked, leaving theatre on 21 Jun and arriving back at HMNB Devonport on 12 Jul 1982.
1982-jun-18DeploymentThule South Thule Operation Keyhole supported HMS Yarmouth and HMS Endurance in the recovery of South Thule.
1994-janDecommissioned
1994-julrenamed Niaxco and sailed (not towed) to Alang
1994-augFate: scrappedAlang Breakers Yard at Alang, India



Specifications        

    from OL class
88crew
11750light (tn)
36000full load (tn)
197.50length (m)
25.60beam (m)
10.40draught (m)
10000range (nm)
21max speed (knots)
26500power (shp)
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher

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Swan Hunter, Wallsend





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