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  • T-AFS-10 USNS Saturn

    US US Navy

    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

    1964-dec-7Ordered
    1965-oct-5Laid downUKSwan Hunter (Low Walker), Yard No. 2017
    1966-sep-16Launched
    1967-aug-10Commissioned
    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.
    1981disposed
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUKHMD 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-1Decommissioned
    1983-jan-1Fate: transferedto the US Sealift Command as Saturn

    History of US T-AFS-10 USNS Saturn

    1983-jan-1Commissioned
    1983-octRefitAdded hangars to enable 2x Chinook operations.
    1995AircraftMediterranean deployment 1995-96 with HC-6 Det 2 embarked.
    1997-feb-07NEWS MSC awards VERTREP test contract
    2009-apr-6DecommissionedDeactivated
    2010-oct-27Fate: sunksunk by sea and air assets of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in a Sinkex off North Carolina

    Specifications

       

        from Sirius class
    170crew
    10205light (tn)
    16880full load (tn)
    159length (m)
    22beam (m)
    7.90draught (m)
    18max speed (knots)
    1Naval Engine diesel

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