1965 to 1999    

A122 RFA Olwen

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

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


History of UK RFA Olwen A122

1963-jul-11Laid downLaid down at Hawthorn Leslie, before it joined the Swan Hunter group.
1964-jul-10LaunchedLaunched as RFA Olynthus
1965-augDeploymentDeployment HMD Devonport Navy Days 1965 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1965, as RFA Olynthus
1966AircraftAircraft while 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-11 renamed RFA Olwen
1970-novDeploymentDeployment BD Bhola Island Operation Burlap to Bay of Bengal to assist in Bhola Cyclone relief efforts
1974-julDeploymentDeployment CY Akrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force support to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Bramble anchorage
1977-nov-25DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Operation Journeyman stood back from the Falklands in support of HMS Phoebe and HMS Alacrity. 819 NAS Sea King embarked.
1981-mayDeploymentDeployment accompanied by HMS Glasgow and HM Submarine Superb, shadowed Kirov task group in the northern Atlantic.
1982-jun-17DeploymentDeployment South 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-novDeploymentDeployment SH Georgetown Departed UK for Ascension Island with 845 NAS Wessex HU.5 XT455 / YU embarked.
1988-sep-26Port VisitPort Visit AU HMAS Kuttabul Fleet Review: Australia Bi-centennial Naval Salute to Sydney for Australian Bi-centennial Fleet Review
1993-janDeploymentDeployment Adriatic 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-feb Departed Portsmouth Harbour, originally for scrapping in Turkey.
2001-mayFate: transferedFate: transfered renamed Kea
2001-julFate: scrappedFate: scrapped IN Alang Breakers Yard at Alang, India

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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

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