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  • A123 RFA Olna

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1966 to 2000    


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    Flight Deck: ON
    Call Sign: GOGS
    Shipyard: Hawthorn Leslie


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    History of UK A123 RFA Olna

    1964-jul-2Laid downat Hawthorn Leslie, before it joined the Swan Hunter group.
    1966-aug-27DeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1966 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1966
    1967-novDeploymentpart of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
    1968-sep-20DeploymentExercise Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
    1974-julDeploymentCYAkrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus supported evacuations during partition of Cyprus
    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, HMS Blake and RFA Stromness, returned Jun 1975.
    1974-oct-14Port VisitTask Group 317.2 Visited Simonstown en route Far East deployment, in company with other ships from TG 317.2, until 21 Oct.
    1981-marDeployment Armilla Patrol deployed on Armilla Patrol with HMS Rothesay, HMS Newcastle and RFA Fort Grange.
    1982-febDeploymentPersian Gulf Persian Gulf Patrol Deployed HMNB Portsmouth to Persian Gulf with Wessex HU.5 XS507 coded 314.ON named "buzby" of 772 Squadron embarked; In company with HMS Cardiff and HMS Amazon; Contaminated fuel tanks required ship to return to UK for cleaning; On the way back to the UK anchored off Gib waiting for SS Uganda to depart as converted hospital ship for Operation Corporate. XS507 Wessex HU.5 carried out first deck landing on SS Uganda whilst RFA Olna did refuelling trials with the Uganda; Olna returned to UK whilst Uganda sailed South; Arrived UK Apr82
    1982-may-10DeploymentSpithead South Atlantic Operation Corporate Departed from Spithead anchorage for South Atlantic with 848 Squadron B Flt embarked, leaving the theatre on 31 Aug 1982 in company with HMS Invincible.
    1983-may-27DeploymentBRoff Natal off Tibau do Sul recovered ditched Wasp HAS.1 XV638 of 829 Sq Achilles Flt from sea, 50nm NE of Tibau do Sul, Brazil.
    1990-apr-18DeploymentTask Group 318.1 departed Portsmouth for 10 week western North Atlantic deployment supporting TG 318.1, with HMS Ark Royal (flagship), HMS Glasgow, HMS Brave, HMS Cumberland and RFA Fort Grange.
    1991-dec-18DeploymentOff Islay Rescue support Rescue from fishing ship Kartli gave aid to rescued mariners from the Kartli and used by Rescue helicopters to disembark survivors temporarily, as they returned to scene of search to recover more.
    1994-octDeploymentdeployed to Adriatic Sea until Jul 1995 to support NATO operations around Bosnia-Herzegovina in the former Republic of Yugoslavia.
    1998-may-4Refituntil 28 Aug 1998
    2001Fate: scrapped



        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



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    UK Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn

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