A122 RFA Olwen

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary




1965 to 1999    


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Flight Deck: OW
Call Sign: GQKA


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1963-feb-4Ordered
1963-jul-11Laid down
1964-jul-10Launchedas RFA Olynthus
1965-jun-21Commissioned
1965-augDeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1965 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1965, as RFA Olynthus
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
1999Decommissioned
2001-febDeparted Portsmouth Harbour, originally for scrapping in Turkey.
2001-mayFate: transferedrenamed Kea
2001-julFate: scrappedINAlang Breakers Yard at Alang, India

Specifications

   

    from OL class
88crew
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

Aircraft

   

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

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder

   

UK Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn


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