A271 RFA Gold Rover

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

1974 to 2017    

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Flight Deck: GV
Call Sign: GRET

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1974-jul-10DeploymentAkrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus supported evacuations during partition of Cyprus
1975-jul-22Deploymentdeparted UK as support for HMS Glamorgan, flagship of global Task Group 317.3, accompanied by RFA Tarbatness and RFA Tidespring. Escorted by elements of the 8th Frigate Squadron HMS Ajax, HMS Berwick, HMS Plymouth and HMS Rothesay. Returned 14 Apr 1976
1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Hill Head
1984-mayDeploymentin UK waters as FOST tanker
1984-novRefitdeparted Gibraltar after refit
1986-junDeployment Caribbean Flood Relief operations
2002-oct-14Refituntil 20 Dec 2002
2003DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Departed UK as Atlantic Tanker South until 2004
2003-dec-11Port VisitLuanda Bay Port supported visit to Angola by HMS Glasgow
2005-decDeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic to support the APT(S) mission, until c Mar 2008 when relieved by RFA Black Rover.
2006-jun-1Port Visit Fleet Review: 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Navy joined celebrations for Golden Jubilee of Nigerian Navy, with HMS Chatham.
2008-jul-6Refitarrived at Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd (NSSL), in Birkenhead for c 5 month refit.
2010-apr-11Refittowed into Cammell Laird dry dock on Merseyside
2011-augDeploymentAtlantic Tanker South Departed HMNB Devonport for 21 month deployment as Atlantic Tanker South, relieving RFA Black Rover. Relieved in turn by RFA Black Rover and returned to Plymouth on 31 May 2013.
2014-sep-26Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport (22 Sep) on her final deployment to the South Atlantic, initially via Portland. Returned to Portland on 16 Feb 2017.
2015-junDeploymentrendezvous with HMS Lancaster and supported her during her Atlantic deployment, until a final RAS on 8 Nov.
2015-oct-13Port VisitSaint Helena Visit visited St Helena, until 15 Oct
2015-novDeployment Exercise UNITAS Atlantic 2015 only UK representative, off Brazilian coast
2016-apr-8Port VisitGeorgetown Visit visited Ascenscion Island until 12 Apr.
2017-feb-22Port VisitHMNB Portsmouth entered HMNB Portsmouth for final time, prior to decommissioning
2017-mar-7DecommissionedHMNB Portsmouth at Portsmouth


    from Rover class
4700light (tn)
11520full load (tn)
140.60length (m)
19.20beam (m)
7.30draught (m)
15000range (nm)
18max speed (knots)
15300power (shp)
2Naval Engine diesel - SEMT Pielstick
2Naval Gun Oerlikon 20mm Mk.7 cannon


    Typical Max
Landing platform only. No hangar
Royal Navy Westland sea king 02

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    


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