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  • A124 RFA Olmeda

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary




    1965 to 1994    


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    Flight Deck: OD
    Call Sign: GPBE


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    History of UK A124 RFA Olmeda

    1963-aug-27Laid downSwan Hunter Yard No. 2004
    1964-nov-19Launchedas RFA Oleander
    1965-oct-18Commissioned
    1967-dec-4renamed RFA Olmeda
    1969-jul-26DeploymentTorbay Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet Present at Ships of the Western Fleet review in Torbay.
    1969-nov-25AircraftAccident lost 826 NAS Wessex HAS.3 XP153/143-E off Portugal, (usually embarked on HMS Eagle).
    1971-aug-28Port VisitHMD Devonport Navy Days 1971 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1971.
    1975-feb-6Deployment Separation of Cypriot states Ordered to Cyprus to tend HMS Tiger and HMS Charybdis, in support of UN Peace Keeping Force and British interests, until 14 Feb.
    1979-may-8Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth supporting HMS Norfolk, Flagship of Task Group 317.8 for a 6.5 month Indian Ocean and Far East group deployment in company with HMS Achilles, HMS Arethusa, HMS Falmouth, RFA Black Rover and RFA Regent. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth on 14 Dec 1978.
    1982-feb-4AircraftHMD Devonport visited Yonderberry Jetty to fuel, from 4 to 15 Feb 1982 with Sea King HAS.2A XV660/350-OD and XV698/351-OD embarked.
    1982-apr-5Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic with 824 Squadron A Flt embarked (including XV649/355), leaving theatre on 21 Jun and arriving back at HMNB Devonport on 12 Jul 1982.
    1982-jun-18DeploymentSouth Thule Operation Keyhole supported HMS Yarmouth and HMS Endurance in the recovery of South Thule.
    1983-jun-20AircraftAccident While operating from RFA Olmeda, Sea King HAS.5 ZA130 ditched and remained afloat off Portland Bill on 20 Jun 1983. Recovered.
    1986-aug-26Deploymentmet with HMS Illustrious in South China Sea to return detachment of 2 Sea Kings from 814 NAS.
    1991-jan-10DeploymentTask Group 323.2 departed HMNB Portsmouth in support of HMS Ark Royal leading TG 323.2 to eastern Mediterranean.
    1994-janDecommissioned
    1994-julrenamed Niaxco and sailed (not towed) to Alang
    1994-augFate: 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 Swan Hunter, Wallsend



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