A131 RFA Reliant

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

1983 to 1986    


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Flight Deck: RT
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See Also: AO Somersby class A84


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History of UK A131 RFA Reliant

1976-jul-6Launchedas mv Astronomer
1982-may-31RefitHMD Devonport single 20 mm taken up from trade as mv Astronomer and entered rapid refit to provide helicopter support facilities, until 7 Jun 1982.
1982-jun-8DeploymentAnchorage Delta mv Astronomer departed Plymouth for South Atlantic with replacement / garrison Wessex, Chinook and Scout aboard. Arrived after Operation Corporate had concluded. Returned to Plymouth Sound 2 Dec 1982
1982-decRefitat Cammell Laird to fit Arapaho helicopter support modules
1983-nov-16Commissionedas RFA Reliant after a years lease
1984-jan-11DeploymentLBoff Lebanon Operation Offcut stood off Beirut, with a detachment of three 846 NAS Sea Kings embarked, including ZA291 / VB. Evacuated British troops and c 5000 nationals, starting on 8 Feb 1984 and disembarked civilians and part of BRITFORLEB in Cyprus.
1984-novDeploymentDeployed to South Atlantic to guard the Falkland Island Protection Zone. 826 NAS detachments embarked.



    from Reliant class (1983)
204length (m)
31beam (m)
7.90draught (m)
28max speed (knots)
29000power (shp)
2Naval Engine diesel
4Naval Gun single 20 mm



    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 15

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



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