T-AFS-9 USNS Spica

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1967 to 1980 - UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary - Ness class A345 RFA Tarbatness    

1981 to 2008    

T-AFS-9 USNS Spica


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Call Sign: NMJG


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History of UK Ness class A345 RFA Tarbatness

1966-apr-15Laid downUKSwan Hunter 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 T-AFS-9 USNS Spica

1987-oct-22AircraftHH-46 152518 accident



    from Sirius class
10205light (tn)
16880full load (tn)
159length (m)
22beam (m)
7.90draught (m)
18max speed (knots)
1Naval Engine diesel



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