1963 to 1991    

A75 RFA Tidespring

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

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


History of UK RFA Tidespring A75

1961-jul-24Laid downLaid down at Hebburn, as Yard No 752
1963-jan-18CommissionedCommissioned to replace RFA Wave Master.
1967-novDeploymentDeployment part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1968-sep-20DeploymentDeployment Exercise Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
1971DeploymentDeployment R A S with RAN Ships in South China Sea. Wessex helicopter from HMAS Melbourne 817 Squadron were onboard.
1973-jun-08DeploymentDeployment departed 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-22DeploymentDeployment departed 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-25DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Bramble anchorage
1978-may-31DeploymentDeployment departed 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-02DeploymentDeployment 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-14AircraftAircraft Grytviken Operation Paraquat Embarked 845 NAS, C Flt Wessex HU.5 (XT464 & XT473) on 11 Apr 1982 for Operation Paraquat.
1982-may-14DeploymentDeployment SH Georgetown Attrition replacement Operation Corporate called at Ascension Island to restore and collect attrition replacement Wessex HU.5 for 845Sq C Flt.
1982-aug-15RefitRefit GI Gibraltar Harbour Refit at Gibraltar, departed for HMNB Devonport on 6 Sep.
1982-oct-25DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, embarking one 826 NAS Sea King. Returned to Rosyth 25 Mar 1983.
1986-novDeploymentDeployment Persian 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-28DeploymentDeployment HMD Devonport Navy Days 1989 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
1992-mar-20 departed Portsmouth under tow, for India and the breakers yard.
1992-jul-02Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped IN Alang Breakers Yard scrapping begun at Alang, in India, 18 days after first arrival.

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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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