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.


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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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UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 14
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UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA480RFA ResourceGRFE - RS19671997
UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA486RFA RegentGRMH - RG19671993

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1963-jan-24OrderedUK A486 RFA Regent
1963-jan-24OrderedUK A480 RFA Resource
1964-jul-19Laid downUK A480 RFA Resource
1964-sep-4Laid downUK A486 RFA Regent Yard No. 1658
1966-feb-11LaunchedUK A480 RFA Resource
1966-mar-9LaunchedUK A486 RFA Regent
1967-may-16CommissionedUK A480 RFA Resource
1967-jun-6CommissionedUK A486 RFA Regent
1967-aug-26DeploymentUK A486 RFA Regent present at Plymouth Navy Days 1967
1967-oct-6AircraftUK A486 RFA Regent Wessex HU.5 XS499 embarked for c 10 days arctic trials
1968-sep-20DeploymentUK A486 RFA Regent Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
1968-oct-16Port VisitUK A486 RFA Regent visited Hobart, following Exercise Coral Sands, until 22 Oct.
1969-jul-26DeploymentUK A480 RFA Resource Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet Present at Ships of the Western Fleet review in Torbay.
1970-nov-19DeploymentUK A480 RFA Resource Operation Burlap to Bay of Bengal to assist in Bhola Cyclone relief efforts
1973-jun-8DeploymentUK 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-julDeploymentUK A486 RFA Regent Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force support to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency
1977-jun-25DeploymentUK A480 RFA Resource Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review.
1977-sep-5DeploymentUK 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-25DeploymentUK A480 RFA Resource Operation Journeyman stood back from the Falklands in support of HMS Phoebe and HMS Alacrity. 772 NAS Wessex embarked.
1979-may-8DeploymentUK 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-6DeploymentUK 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-17DeploymentUK 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.
1991UK A480 RFA Resource Placed in reserve at Rosyth
1991-jan-10DeploymentUK A486 RFA Regent departed HMNB Portsmouth in support of HMS Ark Royal leading TG 323.2 to eastern Mediterranean.
1992-octStruckUK A486 RFA Regent Removed from service and laid up in Devonport
1993DecommissionedUK A486 RFA Regent
1993DeploymentUK A480 RFA Resource UNPROFOR Reactivated in 1993 in support of UNPROFOR in the Adriatic area.
1993-jan-21Fate: transferedUK A486 RFA Regent Sailed from Devonport under new name Shahzadelal for India
1993-feb-19Fate: scrappedUK A486 RFA Regent Arrived at Alang, to be scrapped
1994RefitUK A480 RFA Resource
1995DeploymentUK A480 RFA Resource UNPROFOR Returned to Splyt in Croatia and remained deployed until withdrawn from service in May 1997.
1997DecommissionedUK A480 RFA Resource
1997-aug-20Fate: scrappedUK A480 RFA Resource Arrived in India for scrapping

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