1967 to 1983    

A344 RFA Stromness

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

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

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


History of UK RFA Stromness A344

1965-oct-05Laid downLaid down Swan Hunter (Wallsend) (Low Walker), Yard No. 2017
1967-oct-09DeploymentDeployment Gulf of Aden visit from 78 Sq Wessex HC.2 XR500 for VERTREP, while off Aden.
1970-novDeploymentDeployment BD Bhola Island Operation Burlap to Bay of Bengal to assist in Bhola Cyclone relief efforts
1970-decAircraftAircraft Operation Epigram assigned Wessex HU.5 XT485/K-ST as detached flight until c Feb 1971.
1974-sep-17DeploymentDeployment departed 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-25DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Hillhead
1978-may-31DeploymentDeployment departed 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 disposed
1981-aug-29Port VisitPort Visit HMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
1982-aprDeploymentDeployment Falklands/Malvinas War
1982-apr-07DeploymentDeployment South 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-07DeploymentDeployment Operation Corporate Sailed with 45 Commando Royal Marines embarked
1983-jan-01Fate: transferedFate: transfered to the US Sealift Command as Saturn

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

1983-octRefitRefit Added hangars to enable 2x Chinook operations.
1995AircraftAircraft Mediterranean deployment 1995-96 with HC-6 Det 2 embarked.
2009-apr-06DecommissionedDecommissioned Deactivated
2010-oct-27Fate: sunkFate: sunk sunk by sea and air assets of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in a Sinkex off North Carolina

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

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