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  • A122 RFA Olwen

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1965 to 1999    


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    Flight Deck: OW
    Call Sign: GQKA
    Shipyard: Hawthorn Leslie


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    History of UK A122 RFA Olwen

    1963-jul-11Laid downat Hawthorn Leslie, before it joined the Swan Hunter group.
    1964-jul-10Launchedas RFA Olynthus
    1965-augDeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1965 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1965, as RFA Olynthus
    1966Aircraftwhile in support of HMS Victorious 1966/67 Far East deployment, received detached 814 NAS Wessex HAS.1 XM845 / 274-V as Olynthus Flt.
    1967-jul-11renamed RFA Olwen
    1970-novDeploymentBDBhola Island Operation Burlap to Bay of Bengal to assist in Bhola Cyclone relief efforts
    1974-julDeploymentCYAkrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force support to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency
    1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Bramble anchorage
    1977-nov-25DeploymentSouth Atlantic Operation Journeyman stood back from the Falklands in support of HMS Phoebe and HMS Alacrity. 819 NAS Sea King embarked.
    1981-mayDeploymentaccompanied by HMS Glasgow and HM Submarine Superb, shadowed Kirov task group in the northern Atlantic.
    1982-jun-17DeploymentSouth Atlantic departed HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic, in company with HMS Birmingham, HMS Southampton, HMS Apollo and HMS Bacchante to support patrols of the post-war Falklands TEZ.
    1983-novDeploymentSHGeorgetown Departed UK for Ascension Island with 845 NAS Wessex HU.5 XT455 / YU embarked.
    1988-sep-26Port VisitAUHMAS Kuttabul Fleet Review: Australia Bi-centennial Naval Salute to Sydney for Australian Bi-centennial Fleet Review
    1993-janDeploymentAdriatic Sea UNPROFOR operated with 2 Sea King HAS.6 of 820 NAS (including ZG819 / 018), in support of HMS Ark Royal off Bosnia, with RFA Fort Grange, until Jul 1993.
    1996 IFOR (implementation force) in Adriatic sea
    2001-febDeparted Portsmouth Harbour, originally for scrapping in Turkey.
    2001-mayFate: transferedrenamed Kea
    2001-julFate: scrappedINAlang Breakers Yard at Alang, India



        from OL class
    11750light (tn)
    36000full load (tn)
    197.50length (m)
    25.60beam (m)
    10.40draught (m)
    10000range (nm)
    21max speed (knots)
    26500power (shp)
    2Naval Gun single 20 mm
    2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 13
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 14

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    UK Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn

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