1983 to 1986    

A131 RFA Reliant

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Flight Deck: RT
Call Sign:
Shipyard: Stocznia Gdanska
See Also: AO Somersby class A84


History of UK RFA Reliant A131

1976-jul-06LaunchedLaunched as mv Astronomer
1982-may-31RefitRefit HMD 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-08DeploymentDeployment Anchorage 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-jun-27DeploymentDeployment Port William Arrived at Port William anchorage with further Wessex HU.5 after cessation of hostilities and relieved RFA Engadine as a helicopter support centre on 2 Jul. Relocated near Port San Carlos in Aug 1982.
1982-decRefitRefit at Cammell Laird to fit Arapaho helicopter support modules
1983-nov-16CommissionedCommissioned as RFA Reliant after a years lease
1984-jan-11DeploymentDeployment LB off 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-novDeploymentDeployment Deployed to South Atlantic to guard the Falkland Island Protection Zone. 826 NAS detachments embarked.
1998Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped IN Alang Scrapped Scrapped in India

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Reliant class (1983)
204length (m)
31beam (m)
7.90draught (m)
28max speed (knots)
29000power (shp)

2Naval Engine diesel

4Naval Gun single 20 mm

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