T-AFS-10 USNS Saturn

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1967 to 1983 - UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary - Ness class A344 RFA Stromness    

1983 to 2009    

T-AFS-10 USNS Saturn


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History of UK Ness class A344 RFA Stromness

1965-oct-5Laid downUKSwan Hunter 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-29DeploymentUKHMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 present 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 T-AFS-10 USNS Saturn

1997-feb-07NEWS MSC awards VERTREP test contract
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 Sirius class
10205light (tn)
16880full load (tn)
159length (m)
22beam (m)
7.90draught (m)
18max speed (knots)
1Naval Engine diesel



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