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  • L3505 RFA Sir Tristram

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1967 to 2005    


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    Flight Deck: TM
    Call Sign: GVMA
    Shipyard: Hawthorn Leslie


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    History of UK L3505 RFA Sir Tristram

    1966-mar-14Laid downHawthorn Leslie Yard No 761
    1982-apr-2Deployment Operation Corporate Ordered to South Atlantic via Ascension Island whilst off Belize, arriving in theatre 19 May. Damaged in air attack on 8 Jun and moved to Port Stanley. Returned to UK by sealift, arriving on Teesside 13 Jun 1983.
    1984RefitTyne Shiprepairers Ltd until 1985, extensive refit following 1982 bomb damage in the South Atlantic. Included replacing aluminium superstructure with steel, inserting an additional 8.8m midships section forward of the after ramp hatch and strengthening the flight deck for Chinook operations.
    1998-octDeploymentHNRio Coco Operation Tellar Hurricane reilef operations off central America
    2000-sep-20Port VisitTower Bridge Upper tied up alongside HMS Belfast in the Pool of London, to support the Royal Logistic Corps Millennium Celebration.
    2001-augDeploymentto Middle East, Gulf and Indian Ocean, until Aug 2002 when she returned to Marchwood. Extended deployment due to support for anti-Taliban operations in Afghanistan, with RFA Sir Percivale and RFA Fort Austin.
    2003-jan-17Deployment Operation Telic to support combat, post-combat and (from 28 May) mine clearance operations in Iraq, completing 4 Aug 2003.
    2004-may-13DeploymentUSNS Norfolk departed HMNB Devonport supporting HMS Ocean, as part of an Amphibious Task Group with HMS Albion, HMS Cornwall, HMS Sutherland, RFA Argus, RFA Fort George, RFA Fort Rosalie, RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Oakleaf, for exercises with US Navy. Arrived Norfolk, VA on 28 May.
    2007HomeportPortland Harbour In use with Royal Marines in Portland Harbour as Training Vessel (TV) Tristram



        from Round Table class
    3270light (tn)
    5550full load (tn)
    125.60length (m)
    19.60beam (m)
    4.30draught (m)
    8000range (nm)
    17max speed (knots)
    9520power (shp)
    2Naval Engine diesel



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    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 02
    UK Royal Marines SNIA SA341B Gazelle AH.1 03

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn

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