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  • A344 RFA Stromness

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1983 to 2009 - US US Navy - Sirius class T-AFS-10 USNS Saturn    

    1967 to 1983    


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    Flight Deck: ST
    Call Sign: GTBH
    Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Wallsend)


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    History of UK A344 RFA Stromness

    1965-oct-5Laid downSwan Hunter (Wallsend) (Low Walker), Yard No. 2017
    1967-oct-9DeploymentGulf of Aden visit from 78 Sq Wessex HC.2 XR500 for VERTREP, while off Aden.
    1970-novDeploymentBDBhola Island Operation Burlap to Bay of Bengal to assist in Bhola Cyclone relief efforts
    1970-decAircraft Operation Epigram assigned Wessex HU.5 XT485/K-ST as detached flight until c Feb 1971.
    1974-sep-17Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth to support Task Group 317.2 for Far East deployment, joining with HMS Achilles, HMS Diomede, HMS Falmouth, HMS Leander, HMS Lowestoft, RFA Green Rover, RFA Olna and HMS Blake, returned Jun 1975.
    1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Hillhead
    1978-may-31Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth supporting HMS Blake, Flagship of Task Group 317.7 for a 6.5 month Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific group deployment in company with HMS Juno, RFA Green Rover and RFA Tidespring. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Ambuscade, HMS Hermione and HMS Leander, returned to UK 12 Dec 1978.
    1981-aug-29Port VisitHMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1982-aprDeploymentFalklands/Malvinas War
    1982-apr-7DeploymentSouth Atlantic Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic, joining with HMS Fearless en route and arriving in theatre 16 May. Departed end of Jun and arrived Portsmouth on 19 Jul 1982.
    1982-apr-7Deployment Operation Corporate Sailed with 45 Commando Royal Marines embarked
    1983-jan-1Fate: transferedto the US Sealift Command as Saturn

    History of US Sirius class T-AFS-10 USNS Saturn

    1983-octRefitAdded hangars to enable 2x Chinook operations.
    1995AircraftMediterranean deployment 1995-96 with HC-6 Det 2 embarked.
    2010-oct-27Fate: sunksunk by sea and air assets of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in a Sinkex off North Carolina



        from Ness class
    159.50length (m)
    22beam (m)
    7.80draught (m)
    18max speed (knots)



        Typical Max
    Landing platform only. No hangar
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 01
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 01

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Swan Hunter (Wallsend), Wallsend

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