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  • A486 RFA Regent

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary




    1967 to 1993    


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    Flight Deck: RG
    Call Sign: GRMH


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    History of UK A486 RFA Regent

    1963-jan-24Ordered
    1964-sep-4Laid downYard No. 1658
    1966-mar-9Launched
    1967-marAircraft assigned to 707 Squadron
    assigned 707 Sq Wessex HU.5 XT480 / 468-RG as Ships Flight, based at RNAS Culdrose (until May 1972) when not embarked, then at RNAS Yeovilton.
    1967-jun-6Commissioned
    1967-aug-26DeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1967 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1967
    1967-oct-6AircraftWessex HU.5 XS499 embarked for c 10 days arctic trials
    1968-sep-20DeploymentExercise Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
    1968-oct-16Port VisitHobart, Tasmania visited Hobart, following Exercise Coral Sands, until 22 Oct.
    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 Tidespring. The group was escorted by HMS Dido, HMS Hermione and HMS Rhyl, until it returned to the UK on 21 Dec 1973.
    1974-julDeploymentCYAkrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force support to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency
    1977-sep-5DeploymentDeparted 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 Grey Rover, RFA Tarbatness and RFA Tidepool. Returned 20 Apr 1978.
    1979-may-8Deploymentdeparted 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 Black Rover and RFA Olmeda. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth on 14 Dec 1978.
    1982-apr-17DeploymentPortland Harbour Operation Corporate Departed Portland Harbour, via Plymouth for South Atlantic with 848 Squadron A Flt (XS486/WW & XT756/WM) embarked (on 19 Apr), leaving theatre on 24 Aug and returning to Rosyth on 15 Sep 1982.
    1991-jan-10DeploymentTask Group 323.2 departed HMNB Portsmouth in support of HMS Ark Royal leading TG 323.2 to eastern Mediterranean.
    1992-octStruckRemoved from service and laid up in Devonport
    1993Decommissioned
    1993-jan-21Fate: transferedSailed from Devonport under new name Shahzadelal for India
    1993-feb-19Fate: scrappedINAlang Breakers Yard Arrived at Alang, to be scrapped

    Specifications

       

        from Regent class
    127crew
    22890full load (tn)
    195.10length (m)
    23.50beam (m)
    8draught (m)
    12000range (nm)
    21max speed (knots)
    20000power (shp)
    1Naval Engine diesel - Paxman A12YHAXZ
    2Naval Gun single 40 mm

    Aircraft

       

        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 14
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 14

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

    Builder

       

    UK Harland and Wolff, Belfast



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