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A273 RFA Black Rover

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

IMO: 7329338
MMSI: 232427000
Flight Deck: BV
Call Sign: GREU
Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Neptune)


History of UK RFA Black Rover A273

1973-oct-30LaunchedLaunched Swan Hunter (Neptune) Yard No 60.
1974-sepDeploymentDeployment CY Akrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus played part in assisting with evacuations toward end of the operation
1979-may-08DeploymentDeployment departed 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 Olmeda and RFA Regent. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth on 14 Dec 1978.
1984-jul-26AircraftAircraft Accident 829 Sq Active Flt Wasp HAS.1 XT779 /322-AV damaged while landing on deck, during a storm off Belize.
1986-augDeploymentDeployment Armilla Patrol exercised with HMS Illustrious in the Mediterranean while Illustrious made for the Suez Canal. Black Rover supporting the Armilla Patrol at the time.
1997-mayDeploymentDeployment MS off Plymouth, MS Operation Caxton Operation Caxton In Caribbean, assisting in evacuations from Montserrat with HMS Liverpool until Aug.
1998-octDeploymentDeployment Operation Tellar Sailed from Puerto Rico to participate in Hurricane reilef operations off central America
1999-feb-15RefitRefit until 20 May 1999
2001-febDeploymentDeployment as Atlantic Patrol Tanker South - APT(S) - until Nov 2001, serving off Sierra Leone and the Falklands
2002-marRefitRefit at HMD Portsmouth, until Jun 2002.
2008-marDeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Departed UK as Atlantic Tanker (South) in support of APT(S) mission, relieving RFA Gold Rover. On task c Apr 2008 to mid Apr 2009. Returned to Devonport 6 May 2009.
2009-feb-18Port VisitPort Visit BR Arsenal de Marinha Ilha das Cobras visited Rio de Janeiro for 4 days, in company with HMS Manchester and departed on 22 Feb.
2009-jun-08RefitRefit Cammell Laird entered Cammell Laird at Birkenhead for refit, until Jan 2010
2010-aprDeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployed to South Atlantic as support tanker. Variously supported HMS Gloucester, HMS York, HMS Edinburgh and HMS Clyde during the period. Relieved in Ascension Is by RFA Gold Rover and returned to Portland Harbour 27 Sep 2011.
2011-apr-02Port VisitPort Visit Mare Harbour visited East Cove, departed 15 Apr.
2011-oct-25DeploymentDeployment Staff College Sea Days 2011 Demonstrated Replenishment at Sea (RAS) techniques in the Solent.
2013-may-31Port VisitPort Visit at Anchorage Delta inside Plymouth Breakwater
2013-julPort VisitPort Visit off King Edward Point 4 day visit off Grytviken, South Georgia
2014-jun-22Port VisitPort Visit Mare Harbour at East Cove Military Port
2014-aug-11Port VisitPort Visit NA Walvis Bay to Walvis Bay, until 15 Aug
2014-nov-03RefitRefit arrived Cammell Laird Birkenhead for refit, after de-storing at Glen Mallen. Departed 25 Jan 2015.
2015-mar-17DeploymentDeployment Exercise Browndown Battle II Staff College Sea Days 2015 supported 2015 Sea Days
2015-apr-11DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 participated in JW 15-1, off NW Scotland
2015-may-31Port VisitPort Visit Anchorage Delta moored in Plymouth Sound. Departed 1 Jun.
2015-jul-26DeploymentDeployment Portland Harbour Final voyage ? departed Portland for Birkenhead. Returned under tow 13 Mar 2017.
2017-mar-22 Fareham Creek Rotten Row moved from Portsmouth to Fareham Creek. Await disposal
2019-aug-11Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped TR Aliaga Shipbreakers Sold for scrap in Turkey. Departed Portsmouth under tow to Aliaga.

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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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