UK Regent class

Support Ship


Support Ship Regent class

Between 1966 and mid 1970, the ships flight Wessex were operated by 829 Squadron. These were transferred to 737 Squadron from c Jun 1970.


22890full load (tn)
195.10length (m)
23.50beam (m)
8draught (m)
12000range (nm)
21max speed (knots)
20000power (shp)

1Naval Engine diesel - Paxman A12YHAXZ

2Naval Gun single 40 mm

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19671997UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA480RFA ResourceGRFE - RS
19671993UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA486RFA RegentGRMH - RG

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1963-jan-24OrderedOrdered UK A486 RFA Regent
1963-jan-24OrderedOrdered UK A480 RFA Resource
1964-jul-19Laid downLaid down UK A480 RFA Resource
1964-sep-04Laid downLaid down UK A486 RFA Regent Yard No. 1658
1966-feb-11LaunchedLaunched UK A480 RFA Resource
1966-mar-09LaunchedLaunched UK A486 RFA Regent
1967-marAircraftAircraft UK A486 RFA Regent assigned to 707 Squadron
assigned 707 Sq Wessex HU.5 XT480 / 468-RG as Ships Flight, based at RNAS Culdrose (until May 1972) when not embarked, then at RNAS Yeovilton.
1967-may-16CommissionedCommissioned UK A480 RFA Resource
1967-jun-06CommissionedCommissioned UK A486 RFA Regent
1967-aug-26DeploymentDeployment UK A486 RFA Regent present at Plymouth Navy Days 1967
1967-oct-06AircraftAircraft UK A486 RFA Regent Wessex HU.5 XS499 embarked for c 10 days arctic trials
1968-sep-20DeploymentDeployment UK A486 RFA Regent Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
1968-oct-16Port VisitPort Visit UK A486 RFA Regent visited Hobart, following Exercise Coral Sands, until 22 Oct.
1969-jul-26DeploymentDeployment UK A480 RFA Resource Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet Present at Ships of the Western Fleet review in Torbay.
1970-nov-19DeploymentDeployment UK A480 RFA Resource Operation Burlap to Bay of Bengal to assist in Bhola Cyclone relief efforts
1973-jun-08DeploymentDeployment UK A486 RFA Regent departed HMNB Portsmouth as support for HMS Tiger, Flagship for Far East group deployment of Task Group 317.1, in company with RFA Tidespring. The group was escorted by HMS Dido, HMS Hermione and HMS Rhyl, until it returned to the UK on 21 Dec 1973.
1974-julDeploymentDeployment UK A486 RFA Regent Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force support to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment UK A480 RFA Resource Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review.
1977-sep-05DeploymentDeployment UK A486 RFA Regent Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7.5 month group deployment (TG 317.6) to Australia and Far East, supporting HMS Tiger and in company with HMS Rhyl, RFA Grey Rover, RFA Tarbatness and RFA Tidepool. Returned 20 Apr 1978.
1977-nov-25DeploymentDeployment UK A480 RFA Resource Operation Journeyman stood back from the Falklands in support of HMS Phoebe and HMS Alacrity. 772 NAS Wessex embarked.
1979-may-08DeploymentDeployment UK A486 RFA Regent departed 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 Olmeda. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth on 14 Dec 1978.
1982-apr-06DeploymentDeployment UK A480 RFA Resource Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Rosyth for South Atlantic with 845 Squadron A Flt embarked, leaving theatre on 27 Jun 1982.
1982-apr-17DeploymentDeployment UK A486 RFA Regent Operation Corporate Departed Portland Harbour, via Plymouth for South Atlantic with 848 Squadron A Flt (XS486/WW & XT756/WM) embarked (on 19 Apr), leaving theatre on 24 Aug and returning to Rosyth on 15 Sep 1982.
1991 UK A480 RFA Resource Placed in reserve at Rosyth
1991-jan-10DeploymentDeployment UK A486 RFA Regent departed HMNB Portsmouth in support of HMS Ark Royal leading TG 323.2 to eastern Mediterranean.
1992-octStruckStruck UK A486 RFA Regent Removed from service and laid up in Devonport
1993DecommissionedDecommissioned UK A486 RFA Regent
1993DeploymentDeployment UK A480 RFA Resource UNPROFOR Reactivated in 1993 in support of UNPROFOR in the Adriatic area.
1993-jan-21Fate: transferedFate: transfered UK A486 RFA Regent Sailed from Devonport under new name Shahzadelal for India
1993-feb-19Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped UK A486 RFA Regent Arrived at Alang, to be scrapped
1994RefitRefit UK A480 RFA Resource
1995DeploymentDeployment UK A480 RFA Resource UNPROFOR Returned to Splyt in Croatia and remained deployed until withdrawn from service in May 1997.
1997DecommissionedDecommissioned UK A480 RFA Resource
1997-aug-20Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped UK A480 RFA Resource Arrived in India for scrapping

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