A132 RFA Diligence

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary




1982 to present    


A132 RFA Diligence

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Flight Deck: DG
Call Sign: GCPC


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1980-jan-28Laid down
1980-apr-3Launchedas ms Stena Inspector
1982-aprCommissionedinto RFA on charter from Stena Caribbean Line, London
1983-octFate: transferedpurchased by MoD for RFA from Stena
1983-nov-12RefitGovan rapid refit for RFA at Clyde Dock Engineering over 2 months to include additions to diving support facilities, accommodation, repair workshops, heavy duty cranes and equipment to allow alongside working with other ships, plus communications and storage space upgrades, until 29 Feb 1984.
1984-mar-12CommissionedRe-commissioned as fully owned RFA vessel
1991-aprDeploymentdeparted for South Atlantic for maintenance support. Arrived on station during May and departed for UK during Nov 1992.
1993-mayDeploymentdeparted for South Atlantic for maintenance support. Arrived on station during Jun.
1993-junDeploymentoperating in the S Atlantic and around the Falkland Islands for 11 month deployment
1994-novDeploymentoperating in the S Atlantic and around the Falkland Islands for 6 month deployment, until 28 Apr 1995.
1996-aug-18Deploymentoperating in the S Atlantic and around the Falkland Islands for 3 month deployment
2003-jan-30Deployment Operation Telic to support combat, post-combat and reconstruction operations in Iraq, completing 11 Aug 2003.
2003-novRefituntil May 2004, refit in Singapore
2004-decDeploymentordered to east coast of Sri Lanka, with HMS Chatham, to assist in humanitarian operations following the tsunami, triggered by the Banda Aceh (Indonesia) earthquake of 26 Dec 2004.
2006-aprRefitmaintenance period at Simonstown, South Africa
2006-oct-11DeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) in support of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2007-febRefitat Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd (NSSL) in Birkenhead
2013-jul-8Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for East of Suez support deployment, for in excess of 5 years.
2013-sepDeployment Cougar 13 already stationed east of Suez, RFA Diligence will provide engineering support to the participants in Ex Cougar 13, remaining in the area once it completes. Returned to UK in Nov 2014
2014-augUK Govt announced RFA Diligence would be sold
2014-novRefitat Birkenhead by Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Limited

Specifications    

    from Diligence class
111.50length (m)
20.99beam (m)
6.70draught (m)
5000range (nm)
14max speed (knots)

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Builder    

SE Oresundsvarvet AB,


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