1970 to 2009    

A269 RFA Grey Rover

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Flight Deck: GY
Call Sign: GYXM
Shipyard: Hawthorn Leslie


History of UK RFA Grey Rover A269

1968-feb-28Laid downLaid down at Swan Hunter (Hebburn) Yard - ex Hawthorne Leslie. Yard No 7.
1975-sepRefitRefit diesel Completion of refit to change unreliable original 16000 shp diesel engines to Crossley-Pielstick untis
1977-sep-05DeploymentDeployment Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7.5 month group deployment (TG 317.6) to Australia and Far East, supporting HMS Tiger and in company with HMS Rhyl, RFA Regent, RFA Tarbatness and RFA Tidepool. Returned 20 Apr 1978.
1983-dec-02DeploymentDeployment CY Akrotiri Bay Operation Offcut while returning as support tanker from an Armilla Patrol deployment, ordered off Cyprus in readiness to sail to Beirut, if required.
1984-marDeploymentDeployment North Atlantic deployment including hosting a RAS with USS Austin.
1985-augDeploymentDeployment Refueled USS Vreeland in the North Atlantic
1992-apr-18DeploymentDeployment Vertrep while off the coast of Mauritania, supplied drums of foam to Lynx HAS.2 ZD265 / 338-CT as a team from HMS Campbeltown fought to extinguish a fire on a nearby tanker.
1998-jun-15RefitRefit until 27 Nov 1998
2001-aug-24Port VisitPort Visit HMNB Portsmouth IFOS 2001 International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFOS Portsmouth.
2003-jan-30DeploymentDeployment Operation Telic withdrawn from South Atlantic to support combat operations in Iraq, completing 20 Apr 2003.
2003-apr-20DeploymentDeployment departed Persian Gulf in support of HMS Liverpool for Singapore and exercises with the Singapore Navy. Returned to the UK on 7 Aug.
2006-mar-15StruckStruck taken out of service at Portsmouth
2009-oct-14Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped Canada Dock Breakers Yard towed to Liverpool for scrap at Leavesley International, following abandoned sale.

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Rover class
4700light (tn)
11520full load (tn)
140.60length (m)
19.20beam (m)
7.30draught (m)
15000range (nm)
18max speed (knots)
15300power (shp)

2Naval Engine diesel - SEMT Pielstick

2Naval Gun Oerlikon 20mm Mk.7 cannon

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