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  • A75 RFA Tidespring

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1963 to 1991    


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    Flight Deck: TS
    Call Sign: GJNC
    Shipyard: Hawthorn Leslie
    See Also: AO Tide class A136


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    History of UK A75 RFA Tidespring

    1961-jul-24Laid downat Hebburn, as Yard No 752
    1963-jan-18Commissionedto replace RFA Wave Master.
    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.
    1971DeploymentR A S with RAN Ships in South China Sea. Wessex helicopter from HMAS Melbourne 817 Squadron were onboard.
    1973-jun-8Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth as support for HMS Tiger, Flagship for Far East group deployment of Task Group 317.1, in company with RFA Regent. The group was escorted by HMS Dido, HMS Hermione and HMS Rhyl, until it returned to the UK on 21 Dec 1973.
    1975-jul-22Deploymentdeparted UK as support for HMS Glamorgan, flagship of global Task Group 317.3, accompanied by RFA Gold Rover and RFA Tarbatness. Escorted by elements of the 8th Frigate Squadron HMS Ajax, HMS Berwick, HMS Plymouth and HMS Rothesay. Returned 14 Apr 1976
    1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Bramble anchorage
    1978-may-31Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth supporting HMS Blake, Flagship of Task Group 317.7 for a 6.5 month Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific group deployment in company with HMS Juno, and RFA Green Rover and RFA Stromness. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Ambuscade, HMS Hermione and HMS Leander, returned to UK 12 Dec 1978.
    1982-apr-2Deployment Operation Corporate Ordered to South Atlantic whilst exercising, she was assigned to the South Georgia recovery via Ascension Island. She continued as a fleet tanker, leaving theatre and arriving back at Portsmouth on 22 Jul 1982.
    1982-apr-14AircraftGrytviken Operation Paraquat Embarked 845 NAS, C Flt Wessex HU.5 (XT464 & XT473) on 11 Apr 1982 for Operation Paraquat.
    1982-may-14DeploymentSHGeorgetown Attrition replacement Operation Corporate called at Ascension Island to restore and collect attrition replacement Wessex HU.5 for 845Sq C Flt.
    1982-aug-15RefitGIGibraltar Harbour Refit at Gibraltar, departed for HMNB Devonport on 6 Sep.
    1982-oct-25DeploymentSouth Atlantic Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, embarking one 826 NAS Sea King. Returned to Rosyth 25 Mar 1983.
    1986-novDeploymentPersian Gulf Armilla Patrol In Persian Gulf until Aug 1988. Between Oct and Dec 1987 hosted Lynx detachment of 815 NAS, 241 Birmingham Flt
    1989-jul-28DeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1989 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
    1992-mar-20departed Portsmouth under tow, for India and the breakers yard.
    1992-jul-2Fate: scrappedINAlang Breakers Yard scrapping begun at Alang, in India, 18 days after first arrival.



        from Improved Tide class
    8531light (tn)
    27400full load (tn)
    177.90length (m)
    21.70beam (m)
    9.80draught (m)
    17max speed (knots)
    15000power (shp)
    2Naval Engine steam turbines



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    UK Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn

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