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  • A345 RFA Tarbatness

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1981 to 2008 - US US Navy - Sirius class T-AFS-9 USNS Spica    

    1967 to 1980    


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    Flight Deck: TB
    Call Sign: GUAJ
    Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Neptune)


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    History of UK A345 RFA Tarbatness

    1966-apr-15Laid downSwan Hunter (Neptune) (Low Walker), Yard No. 2018
    1968-sep-10DeploymentExercise Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct
    1968-oct-14Port VisitAUState Dockyard visit to Newcastle, NSW, following Exercise Coral Sands, until 24 Oct.
    1970-apr-17DeploymentApollo 13 splashdown secondary Apollo 13 recovery Apollo XIII splashdown recovery to waters off Mauritius as standby for secondary splashdown site for Apollo XIII recovery
    1974-janDeploymentdeparted UK as support ship for HMS Fife, Flagship of Task Group 317.1 for 9 month Indian Ocean and Australia group deployment in company with HMS Apollo, HMS Argonaut, HMS Ariadne, HMS Danae and HMS Londonderry. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 4 Oct.
    1975-jul-22Deploymentdeparted UK as support for HMS Glamorgan, flagship of global Task Group 317.3, accompanied by RFA Gold Rover and RFA Tidespring. Escorted by elements of the 8th Frigate Squadron HMS Ajax, HMS Berwick, HMS Plymouth and HMS Rothesay. Returned 14 Apr 1976
    1977-jan-26DeploymentLeft Portsmouth with RFA Tidepool and RFA Green Rover for an Atlantic deployment, supporting HMS Tiger and her escort group until May 1977.
    1977-sep-5DeploymentDeparted 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 Regent and RFA Tidepool. Returned 20 Apr 1978.
    1981-sep-30Fate: transferedto US Sealift Command as Spica

    History of US Sirius class T-AFS-9 USNS Spica

    1987-oct-22AircraftHH-46 152518 accident



        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 (Neptune), Low Walker

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