Black_Rover_1973

 Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA Black Rover

 

 
Subsequent name:

Official Number:              363380

Class:                               ROVER CLASS Small Fleet Tanker

Pennant No:                     A273

Laid down:
Builder:                             Swan Hunter, Wallsend
Launched:                        30 August 1973
Into Service:                     23 August 1974
Out of service:           
Fate:

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   In 1967, tenders were invited for what eventually turned out to be five ships in this Class. Owing to unsatisfactory performance from the original engines, which had been a political decision, the first three ships in the Class were re-engined in 1974. The final two ships differed slightly from the earlier three and had improved accommodation standards and different stern anchor arrangements.

 

30 October 1973 launched by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd, Wallsend as Yard Nr: 60 named BLACK ROVER. The Lady Sponsor was Mrs Sandra Trewby, the wife of Vice Admiral George F.A. Trewby, the Chief of Fleet Support

 

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Launched without her funnel and accommodation

 

6 December 1973 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

23 August 1974 completed at a cost of £7m. Handed over by the builders to Captain A E T Hunter RFA the ships Master at Greenock

Black Rover Ships Bell

24 August 1974 sailed Greenock to Portsmouth

26 August 1974 anchored at Spithead

28 August 1974 entered Portsmouth Harbour

30 August 1974 loaded bunkers from barge C1015

3 September 1974 RMAS Watershed secured alongside providing 94 tons of fresh water

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RMAS Watershed

4 September 1974 RMAS Waterfall secured alongside providing fresh water

9 September 1974 alongside the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty loading 399 tons of AVCAT as cargo

12 September 1974 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Gibraltar

15 September 1974 arrived at Gibraltar and secured at number 22/23 berths

16 September 1974 loaded FFO as cargo

17 September 1974 loaded Diesol as cargo

18 September 1974 sailed Gibraltar

21 September 1974 arrived at Portland and secured to A1 buoy

23 September 1974 RMAS Waterside secured alongside providing fresh water

23 October 1974 anchored at St Brides Bay sailed to Portland arriving on 25 October 1974 secured to A1 buoy

31 October 1974 sailed Portland to the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

11 November 1974 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Gibraltar

16 November 1974 arrived at Gibraltar and made fast on No: 46 berth

21 November 1974 moved to No: 21 berth at Gibraltar

23 November 1974 sailed Gibraltar for Malta

26 November 1974 arrived at Grand Harbour, Malta

27 November 1974 sailed Grand Harbour, Malta to Venice

29 November 1974 arrived at Venice and anchored

4 December 1974 sailed Venice for Grand Harbour, Malta

6 December 1974 arrived at Grand Harbour, Malta

12 December 1974 sailed Grand Harbour, Malta for Gibraltar

15 December 1974 arrived at Gibraltar sailing the same day for Chatham

19 December 1974 berthed at Chatham

6 January 1975 sailed Chatham to Portland arrived the same day

7 January 1975 to 10 January 1975 in Portland Exercise area

11 January 1975 berthed on A2 Buoy at Portland

14 January 1975 to 16 January 1975 deployed in the Portland Exercise area

17 January 1975 sailed from Portland to Devonport arrived the same day

20 January 1975 berthed on Yonderberry Oil Fuel Jetty

27 January 1975 sailed from Yonderbury Oil Fuel Jetty to Plymouth Sound

28 January 1975 sailed Plymouth Sound to Falmouth

30 January 1975 sailed Falmouth to Portsmouth berthing on the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

5 February 1975 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Portland

6 February 1975 in Portland Exercise Area

7 February 1975 sailed Portland to Gibraltar arriving on 11 February 1975 and berthed alongside

12 February 1975 to 14 February 1975 deployed to Gibraltar Exercise area

15 February 1975 sailed Gibraltar to Malta

17 February 1975 berthed at Malta

26 February 1975 sailed Malta

27 February 1975 off Sardinia Exercise area

5 March 1975 sailed Sardinia Exercise area to Gibraltar

6 March 1975 berthed at Gibraltar

13 March 1975 sailed Gibraltar to Malta

19 March 1975 berthed in Grand Harbour, Malta

1 April 1975 sailed Malta to Bodrum

4 April 1975 at anchor at Bodrum

8 April 1975 sailed Bodrum to Brindisi

11 April 1975 sailed from off Brindisi to the Black Sea

14 April 1975 sailed from the Black Sea to Malta

17 April 1975 arrived and berthed at Malta

18 April 1975 sailed Malta on exercises

24 April 1975 berthed at Malta

14 May 1975 sailed Malta to Izmir

15 May 1975 arrived at Izmir and anchored

20 May 1975 sailed Izmir to Antalya on exercises

26 May 1975 sailed from off Antalya after exercises

29 May 1975 arrived and berthed in Grand Harbour, Malta

1 June 1975 sailed Malta for exercises of La Spezia to the north of Sicily

6 June 1975 berthed at Malta

8 June 1975 sailed Malta to Antalya for further exercises

11 June 1975 berthed at Ajaccio

12 June 1975 sailed Ajaccio for Malta arriving 14 June 1975

16 June 1975 sailed Malta for Taranto arriving the next day

19 June 1975 sailed Taranto for exercises

21 June 1975 berthed at Malta to load cargo and water then sailed for further exercises

23 June 1975 anchored at Teulada Gulf

30 June 1975 sailed Teulada Gulf

17 October 1978 at North Shields, River Tyne

17 January 1979 at Portsmouth

4 April 1979 at Chatham

8 May 1979 along with RFA’s OLMEDA and REGENT sailed Portsmouth as part of Task Group 317.8 led by the guided missile destroyer HMS NORFOLK

17 June 1979 Captain Shane Redmond RFA appointed as Master

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Captain Shane Redmond RFA

15 July 1979 at Melbourne, Australia

12 May 1980 with the frigate HMS ESKIMO, she was despatched from St Vincent in the Bahamas area after Cuban aircraft had attacked and sunk the Bahamian Defence Force vessel FLAMINGO while it was trying to arrest Cuban fishing vessels which were fishing illegally and rescued the crew

1982 did not see service during the Falklands Conflict as she was in refit at Rosyth at the time

1 April 1982 at Rosyth in Dry Dock No: 1

15 April 1982 Dry Dock No: 1 flooded up

30 April 1982 dry move to a berth on North Wall

1 May 1982 commenced storing ship

6 May 1982 loaded 632 tons of bunkers

7 May 1982 loaded 156.5 tons of fresh water

9 May 1982 sailed Rosyth for trials returning the same day

17 May 1982 sailed Rosyth

19 May 1982 berthed at the Nato Fuel Jetty, Cambletown and loaded 437 tons of AVCAT

20 May 1982 sailed Cambleton to the Clyde Exercise Area

28 May 1982 berthed at Faslane

1 June 1982 sailed Faslane

3 June 1982 berthed on the Deep Water Jetty at Portland

24 June 1982 sailed Portland to the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty. Tugs Bustler and Adept assisted with her berthing

5 July 1982 sailed Portsmouth to Bermuda

14 July 1982 berthed at HMS Malabar, Bermuda

16 July 1982 sailed Bermuda to Fort Lauderdale

19 July 1982 arrived at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale

22 July 1982 sailed Fort Lauderdale to Key West

25 July 1982 arrived at Pier B, Key West

26 July 1982 sailed Key West to Belize

27 July 1982 anchored at Punta Gorda

28 July 1982 sailed Punta Gorda for Belize City

29 July 1982 anchored at Belize City

31 July 1982 sailed Belize City

3 August 1982 arrived at Montego Bay, Jamaica and berthed alongside at No: 2 berth

6 August 1982 sailed Montego Bay, Jamaica

9 August 1982 arrived at Fort Lauderdale - No: 21 berth

16 August 1982 sailed Fort Lauderdale

19 August 1982 arrived at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico

20 August 1982 arrived at Anguilla

22 August 1982 sailed from Anguilla

23 August 1982 arrived at Bridgetown, Barbados - made fast at the Breakwater berth

26 August 1982 sailed Bridgetown, Barbados

27 August 1982 berthed at the harbour at Castries, St. Lucia

29 August 1982 sailed Castries, St. Lucia

30 August 1982 anchored off Port of Spain, Trinidad

4 September 1982 sailed Port of Spain, Trinidad

10 September 1982 anchored off Roseau, Dominica

13 September 1982 sailed Roseau, Dominica for Martinique arriving the same day securing on Quai de Tourelles

16 September 1982 sailed Martinique to the Belize area

24 September 1982 arrived Houston and berthed at No: 4 berth

29 September 1982 sailed Houston towards Vera Cruz

14 February 1983 Captain Anthony Pitt DSC RFA appointed in command

 

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Captain A F Pitt DSC RFA 

21 January 1983 at Rosyth Dockyard Rear Admiral John Warsop, the Port Admiral, presented South Atlantic Medals to twenty five members of the crew who had served in that conflict on other ships of the RFA

29 November 1983 at Gibraltar

31 March 1984 berthed on Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

21 September 1984 at Portland

22 May 1986 at Portland

2 July 1986 following a fire in the engine room, whilst alongside at Portland, Dorset MM1A J. Ganbrill, MM1A D. Evans and SG1A E Cripps were each presented with a C in C’s Commendation for prompt and courageous response to the emergency which helped save the ship

4 November 1986 at Portsmouth

15 July 1987 Captain Alan T Roach RFA appointed in command at Devonport

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Captain Alan T Roach RFA

29 August 1987 to 31 August 1987 at berthed at Devonport Naval Base for Navy Days

26 February 1988 at South Georgia

7 May 1988 at Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands

September 1988 Captain Jeremy R J Carew OBE RFA in command

23 September 1988 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

8 October 1988 Captain (E) Edward M Quigley RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

9 January 1989 to 11 April 1989 in refit at Rosyth

11 April 1989 Captain Brian J Waters RFA appointed as Master

Captain Brian Waters

Captain Brian J Waters RFA

1 May 1989 at Rosyth

4 November 1989 at Portland

18 December 1989 Captain Peter J Lannin RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain Lannin

Captain Peter J Lannin RFA

9 January 1991 at Rosyth Captain Pat Thompson RFA appointed Commanding Officer

14 January 1991 at Middlesborough

9 June 1991 at Plymouth Captain Pat Thompson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

28 September 1991 at Portland. Captain Alan T Roach RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

6 October 1991 at Portland and Captain Pat Thompson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

5 March 1993 berthed at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

26 November 1993 Captain Anthony F Pitt DSC RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

17 August 1995 to 19 August 1995 berthed at Devonport Naval Base for Navy Days

April 1996 Supported the destroyer HMS GLOUCESTER during the first RN/USN/Russian Navy exercise off the south coast of England

6 May 1996 berthed at Devonport

28 June 1996 RASed with USS John F. Kennedy in the Western Approaches, whilst serving as FOST tanker.  The RAS lasted seven hours and during the evolution 2,400 cubic metres of fuel was transferred.

May 1997 to 29 August 1997 Humanitarian aid - in Operation Caxton - with the destroyer HMS LIVERPOOL she was in the vicinity of Montserrat during and after major volcanic eruptions and supported the voluntary evacuation of the island

9 December 1997 at Port Canaveral, USA

16 June 1998 at Nassau, Bahamas

12 July 1998 Humanitarian aid - towed the inter-island freighter ANESTINE MAC to a safe anchorage at Montserrat

22 September 1998 and 23 September 1998 Humanitarian relief - supported the frigate HMS SHEFFIELD in St Kitts and Montserrat in the wake of Hurricane Georges

31 October 1998 to 3 November 1998 Humanitarian relief - supported the frigate HMS SHEFFIELD in the Honduran offshore islands in the wake of Hurricane Mitch on Operation Mainsail

6 November 1998 15 November 1998 with other RN units and RFA SIR TRISTRAM responded to the effects of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua and Honduras providing hurricane relief efforts. Shared the Wilkinson Sword of Peace award with RFA SIR TRISTRAM in recognition of their outstanding contribution to humanitarian relief operations in  Honduras and Nicaragua

29 April 1999 Captain (E) Graham Turner RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

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Captain (E) Graham Turner RFA

15 November 1999 to 20 May 1999 in refit

6 October 2000 arrived off Belize with HMS CARDIFF to provide hurricane relief efforts after Hurricane Keith

12 October 2000 Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

10 February 2001 to 13 February 2001 berthed at Santa Cruz, Spain

15 May 2001 Captain Peter Farmer RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain Peter Farner

Captain Peter Farmer RFA

9 November 2001 at Devonport and Captain Trevor J Iles RFA appointed in command

Capt Trevor Iles

Captain Trevor J Iles RFA

20 March 2002 at Devonport

1 April 2002 to 24 May 2002 routine docking

23 August 2002 to 26 August 2002 berthed at Gibraltar

6 October 2002 CPO (Cook) Leslie J Austin discharged dead

7 November 2002 berthed at Falmouth Docks

11 November 2002 sailed from Falmouth

10 January 2003 Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

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Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA

6 March 2003 off Freetown, Sierra Leone with HMS IRON DUKE as part of a Joint Task Force. Stayed 7 days

7 December 2003 Seaman 1A Neville P Gilroy discharged dead.

14 May 2004 Captain Alistair Swatridge RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

30 September 2004 Captain (E) Robert Settle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 October 2004 Captain (X) David J Buck RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain David Buck

Captain (X) David J Buck RFA

23 May 2005 a small fishing vessel "Bounty" TH 151 capsized and sank in Lyme Bay, two survivors boarded a liferaft, they were seen and rescued by the crew of the  Black Rover. The survivors were subsequently landed ashore at Portland.

21 June 2005 berthed at Gibraltar

5 August 2005 with HMS YORK visited Colombo, Sri Lanka as part of a RN deployment - Volans 05

17 August 2005 took part in Exercise Deep Sabre, part of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) in the South China Sea with ships from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia along with Singapore. HMAS WESTRALIA (ex RFA Appleleaf 3) also took part

6 November 2005 Captain (X) David J Buck RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

26 November 2005 berthed at Southampton

9 May 2006 berthed at Gibraltar

18 May 2006 sailed Gibraltar

6 June 2006 Captain Chris McKenzie RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

9 September 2006 Captain (X) Paul Minter RFA appointed as Commander Officer

Capt Paul Minter

Captain (X) Paul Minter RFA

4 January 2007 in Plymouth Sound

14 April 2007 berthed on Yonderberry Pier, River Tamar

9 June 2007 Captain (X) Ray Bennett RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

30 June 2007 Captain (X) David J Buck RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

1 September 2007 entered Falmouth for refit

2 October 2007 at Falmouth moved from No 4 Dry Dock to County Wharf

5 November 2007 at Falmouth

3 December 2007 at Falmouth sailed for sea trials after refit

21 December 2007 at Plymouth

3 March 2008 berthed at Devonport

5 March 2008 in Plymouth Sound

19 July 2008 berthed alongside at Santos

25 August 2008 berthed at Rio de Janerio

19 October 2008 Captain (E) Robert Smith RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

18 November 2008 arrived at Grytviken, South Georgia

30 November 2008 RASed with HMS CLYDE

December 2008 ship with HMS IRON DUKE at the islands of South Georgia.

11 December 2008 berthed alongside at Simonstown

5 January 2009 sailed Simonstown

10 January 2009 anchored at Tristan da Cunha until 12 January 2009

19 January 2009 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

2 February 2009 sailed East Cove Military Port, RASed with RFA LARGS BAY

3 February 2009 anchored off New Island, West Falkland

4 February 2009 sailed New Island, West Falkland

6 February 2009 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

8 February 2009 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

9 February 2009 anchored at Choiseul Sound, East Falkland

10 February 2009 anchored at New Island, West Falkland for settlement visit

18 February 2009 berthed at Rio de Janeiro

22 February 2009 sailed Rio de Janeiro

23 February 2009 RASed with HMS MANCHESTER

27 February 2009 RASed with HMS MANCHESTER

1 March 2009 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

9 March 2009 sailed from East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

10 March 2009 anchored in Keppel Sound, West Falkland sailing the same day

12 March 2009 berthed alongside at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

17 March 2009 sailed from East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

30 March 2009 anchored at Cumberland Bay, South Georgia

31 March 2009 sailed Cumberland Bay, South Georgia

1 April 2009 RASed with HMS MANCHESTER

3 April 2009 berthed alongside at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

6 April 2009 sailed from East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

7 April 2009 berthed alongside at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

8 April 2009 sailed from East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

21 April 2009 berthed at Fortaleza, Brazil

24 April 2009 stood down as APT (S) and sailed Fortaleza, Brazil

2 May 2009 at Funchal, Maderia sailing the same day

6 May 2009 arrived at Devonport sailing the same day for Birkenhead

8 May 2009 arrived at No:6 dock, Birkenhead for refit

15 December 2009 sailed from Birkenhead for post refit trials returning the next day

9 January 2010 sailed Birkenhead post refit

11 January 2010 arrived at Devonport

25 February 2010 sailed Devonport and made fast to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound

2 March 2010 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound

4 March 2010 made fast to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound

9 March 2010 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound returning later the same day and making fast to C Buoy, Plymouth Sound

March 2010 numerous sailings from Plymouth Sound returning as necessary

1 April 2010 sailed Plymouth Sound

2 April 2010 berthed at Portland

8 April 2010 sailed Portland

10 April 2010 berthed on Yonderberry Pier, Devonport

15 April 2010 sailed Yonderberry, Pier, Devonport

16 April 2010 berthed on Q Pier, Portland

26 April 2010 Captain (E) Robert Settle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

30 April 2010 sailed Portland for APT (S) tasking

14 May 2010 anchored off Ascension

17 May 2010 sailed Ascension

20 May 2010 anchored off Jamestown, St Helena

23 May 2010 sailed Jamestown, St Helena

28 May 2010 arrived at Tristan da Cunha - A football match against the Tristan Tigers was lost 5-2

31 May 2010 sailed Tristan da Cunha

8 June 2010 berthed alongside at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

13 June 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

16 June 2010 berthed alongside at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

21 June 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

26 June 2010 berthed alongside at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

3 July 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

5 July 2010 anchored at Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands

7 July 2010 sailed Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands

9 July 2010 anchored at Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands

10 July 2010 sailed Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands and berthed alongside at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

16 July 2010 Temporary Acting Captain (E) Mike New RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

20 July 2010 sailed from East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands to SMP, Mare Harbour to load cargo

21 July 2010 sailed SMP, Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands

30 July 2010 alongside at Berth 7, Rio de Janerio

18 August 2010 sailed from Rio de Janerio

26 August 2010 anchored at Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands

27 August 2010 sailed from Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands and berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

1 September 2010 sailed from East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands for patrol

3 September 2010 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

8 September 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands to patrol

10 September 2010 anchored in Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands

12 September 2010 sailed Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands

19 September 2010 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

27 September 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands to patrol

30 September 2010 anchored at San Carlos, Falkland Islands sailing later the same day for Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands

1 October 2010 anchored at Choiseul Sound

2 October 2010 sailed Choiseul Sound

4 October 2010 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

7 October 2010 moved from East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands to SMP, Mare Harbour

8 October 2010 sailed SMP Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands to patrol

11 October 2010 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

16 October 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands to patrol

21 October 2010 anchored at Port William, Falkland Islands

26 October 2010 sailed Port William, Falkland Islands to patrol

31 October 2010 anchored at Fox Bay, Falkland Islands sailing later the same day

1 November 2010 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

6 November 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands to patrol

13 November 2010 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

17 November 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands to RAS with HMS GLOUCESTER returning to East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands later the same day

20 November 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands for patrol

25 November 2010 berthed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

29 November 2010 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

10 December 2010 berthed at Simontown, South AFrica

13 December 2010 LH (E) Stuart Jackson discharged dead at Simonstown, South Africa

2 January 2011 sailed Simonstown, South Africa

7 January 2011 anchored off Tristan da Chuna for the day. A football match against the Tristan Tigers was lost 9-0

14 January 2011 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

17 January 2011 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

20 January 2011 anchored off King Edward Point, South Georgia in the company of HMS GLOUCESTER

28 January 2011 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

4 February 2011 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands to Choiseul Sound

6 February 2011 Captain Trevor Illes RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

8 February 2011 sailed Choiseul Sound to SMP Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands

9 February 2011 sailed SMP Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands

22 February 2011 anchored off Ascension Island

24 February 2011 sailed Anscension Island

26 February 2011 anchored of Jamestown, St Helena

7 March 2011 sailed St Helena

11 March 2011 anchored of Ascension Island

14 March 2011 sailed Ascension Island

20 March 2011 RASed with HMS YORK

24 March 2011 RASed with HMS YORK

29 March 2011 anchored in San Carlos Water, Falkland Islands

1 April 2011 anchored in Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands

2 April 2011 sailed Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands berthing at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

15 April 2011 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

16 April 2011 RASed with HMS YORK

17 April 2011 RASed with HMS YORK

18 April 2011 RASed with HMS YORK

29 April 2011 berthed at Simonstown, South Africa

24 May 2011 sailed Simonstown, South Africa

7 June 2011 RASed with HMS EDINBURGH

15 June 2011 berthed at Las Palmas, Canary Islands

18 June 2011 sailed Las Palmas, Canary Islands

26 June 2011 anchored off Ascension Island

29 June 2011 sailed Ascension Island

12 July 2011 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

14 July 2011 Captain (X) Paul S Whyte MBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

18 July 2011 moved to SMP, Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands

19 July 2011 sailed SMP, Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands

20 July 2011 RASed with HMS's EDINBURGH and CLYDE

21 July 2011 anchored in Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands

22 July 2011 sailed Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands returning to the same anchorage later in the day

23 July 2011 sailed Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands and RASed HMS EDINBURGH and returning to the same anchorage later in the day

24 July 2011 sailed Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands returning to the same anchorage later in the day

25 July 2011 sailed Berkley Sound, Falkland Islands

26 July 2011 RASed with HMS EDINBURGH

27 July 2011 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

30 July 2011 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands and anchored off New Island, Falkland Islands

31 July 2011 anchored in King George Bay, Falkland Islands

1 August 2011 anchored off New Island, Falkland Islands

3 August 2011 anchored in Choiseul Sound, Falkland Islands later berthed alongside at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

4 August 2011 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands and anchored in Berkeley Sound

5 August 2011 anchored at Port William, Falkland Islands

8 August 2011 sailed Port William, Falkland Islands

11 August 2011 anchored at King Edward Cove, South Georgia

12 August 2011 moved anchorage from King Edward Cove, South Georgia to Gold Harbour, South Georgia

13 August 2011 sailed King Edward Cove, South Georgia

17 August 2011 RASed with HMS EDINBURGH

18 August 2011 arrived at SPM, Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands

19 August 2011 berthed on the Ro-Ro jetty at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

22 August 2011 sailed Ro-Ro jetty, East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

25 August 2011 RASed with HMS EDINBURGH. FlyEx with HMS EDINBURGH's Lynx Helicopter

5 September 2011 anchored at Georgetown, Ascension Island

8 September 2011 sailed from Ascension Island

16 September 2011 berthed at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

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23 September 2011 sailed Santa Cruz de Tenerife

27 September 2011 arrived at Portland Harbour for a SMP and berthed on Q Pier

16 October 2011 sailed Portland Harbour

17 October 2011 arrived at Plymouth

21 October 2011 berthed at D Buoy, Plymouth Sound

23 October 2011 sailed Plymouth Sound

24 October 2011 berthed HM Dockyard, Portsmouth on Middle Slip Jetty

26 October 2011 sailed HM Dockyard Portsmouth

27 October 2011 RASed HMS's BULWALK, SUTHERLAND and YORK

28 October 2011 deployed as FOST Tanker

29 October 2011 RASed HMS's ILLUSTRIOUS and DIAMOND

31 October 2011 RASed FGS Emden

4 November 2011 made fast to D Buoy in Plymouth Sound

7 November 2011 sailed Plymouth Sound

11 November 2011 made fast to E Buoy, Plymouth Sound

14 November 2011 sailed Plymouth Sound

18 November 2011 berthed on Yonderbury Jetty, Devonport

19 November 2011 Captain Trevor Illes RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

21 November 2011 sailed Yonderbery Jetty to sea

25 November 2011 berthed at Portland Harbour

27 November 2011 sailed Portland Harbour

2 December 2011 berthed at Portland Harbour

9 January 2012 sailed Portland Harbour

13 January 2012 made fast to C Buoy, in Plymouth Sound

16 January 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound

19 January 2012 made fast to C Buoy, in Plymouth Sound

23 January 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound

27 January 2012 made fast to C Buoy, in Plymouth Sound

29 January 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound

4 February 2012 berthed at Portland Harbour

7 February 2012 sailed from Portland Harbour

8 February 2012 berthed at Devonport

24 February 2012 sailed Devonport

26 February 2012 entered West Dock, Birkenhead

20 May 2012 while in refit at Cammell Lairds, Birkenhead at 09:00 this day fire broke out in one of the cabins being worked on by Cammell Lairds staff. The fire brigade were called and it was reported that the fire was extinguished by 10:45am

24 September 2012 sailed Liverpool

25 September 2012 entered West Dock, Birkenhead

8 October 2012 sailed Liverpool

9 October 2012 berthed alsongside at Loch Striven

15 October 2012 sailed Loch Striven and anchored in anchorage No 7 at Rothesay later moving the anchorage to B1 anchorage in the Firth of Clyde

16 October 2012 berthed and later sailed Glen Mallen

18 October 2012 berthed at Portland

25 October 2012 sailed from Portland returning to Portland later the same day

30 October 2012 sailed Portland returning to Portland the next day

6 November 2012 sailed Portland and berthed at Portsmouth Harbour the same day

9 November 2012 sailed Portsmouth Harbour and berthed at Marchwood Military Port

15 November 2012 sailed Marchwood Military Port and arrived at Plymouth the next day

19 November 2012 sailed Plymouth returning to Plymouth later the same day

21 November 2012 sailed Plymouth returning to Plymouth later the same day

27 November 2012 sailed Plymouth returning to Plymouth later the same day

29 November 2012 sailed Plymouth returning to Plymouth later the same day

3 December 2012 sailed from Plymouth Sound returning the next day

5 December 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound returning to Plymouth later the same day

6 December 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound returning to Plymouth Sound later the same day

10 December 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound returning to Plymouth on the 14 December 2012

15 December 2012 sailed Plymouth returning to Plymouth later the same day

17 December 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound returning to No 5 wharf at Devonport on 20 December 2012

8 January 2013 sailed Devonport returning to D Buoy in Playmouth Sound on 10 January 2013

14 January 2013 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound returning to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound on 17 January 2013

21 January 2013 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound returning to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound on 24 January 2013

28 January 2013 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound returning to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound on 1 February 2013

4 February 2013 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound returning to Portland on 15 February 2013

3 March 2013 sailed Portland returning to 16 Wharf at Devonport on 13 March 2013

15 March 2013 cold move from 16 Wharf to Yonderbury Oil Fuel Jetty

18 March 2013 sailed Yonderbury Oil Fuel Jetty returning to C Buoy, Plymouth Sound on 29 March 2013

1 April 2013 sailed C Buoy, Plymouth Sound returning to Q Pier, Portland on 5 April 2013

21 April 2013 sailed Q Pier, Portland to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound later the same day

22 April 2013 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound returning to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound on 24 April 2013

25 April 2013 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound returning to Rubble Jetty, Devonport Dockyard on 26 April 2013

28 April 2013 sailed Rubble Jetty Devonport Dockyard returning to D Buoy, Plymouth Sound on 1 May 2013

2 May 2013 sailed D Buoy, Plymouth Sound to sea returning to Yonderbury Oil Fuel Jetty later the same day

3 May 2013 sailed Yonderbury Oil Fuel Jetty on passage to Ascension Island arriving 15 May 2013

15 May 2013 to 17 May 2013 anchored off Ascension Island

17 May 2013 sailed from Ascension Island anchorage on passage to Jamestown, St. Helena

20 May 2013 to 23 May 2013 anchored off Jamestown, St. Helena

23 May 2013 sailed St Helena anchorage on passage to Dartmouth Point, South Georgia

3 June 2013 anchored at South Georgia

6 June 2013 sailed South Georgia for East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands arriving 11 June 2013

4 July 2013 sailed Ro-Ro Jetty, East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

29 July 2013 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

24 August 2013 sailed from Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

28 August 2013 at Tristan da Cunha

3 September 2013 RASed with HMS RICHMOND - Film of RAS HERE

12 September 2013 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

23 September 2013 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands and anchored at Port Egmont

25 September 2013 sailed Port Egmont

27 September 2013 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

6 October 2013 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

9 October 2013 anchored in Low Bay, Weddle Island

10 October 2013 sailed Low Bay, Weddle Island

11 October 2013 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

20 October 2013 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

22 October 2013 anchored at King edward Cove, South Georgia

24 October 2013 moved anchorage to Husvik Harbour, South Georgia

26 October 2013 sailed Husvik Harbour, South Georgia

29 October 2013 anchored Chiosel Sound, Falkland Islands

30 October 2013 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

11 November 2013 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands and anchored at Chiosel Sound, Falkland Islands

12 November 2013 sailed Chiosel Sound, Falkland Islands

23 November 2013 RASed with HMS RICHMOND at 34.36S 10.43E

26 November 2013 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

17 December 2013 sailed from Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

27 December 2013 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

29 December 2013 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

30 December 2013 transitted the Magellen Straits

2 January 2014 RASed with HMS RICHMOND

4 January 2013 FLYEX with HMS RICHMOND

9 January 2014 crossed the Equator and RASed with HMS RICHMOND

11 January 2014 arrived at Balboa, Republic of Panama and transitted the Canal - northbound

14 January 2014 arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

11 February 2014 berthed at Port of Spain, Trinidad

12 February 2014 sailed from Port of Spain, Trinidad

28 February 2014 berthed at Dakar, Senegal

13 March 2014 sailed Dakar, Senegal

24 March 2014 berthed at Luanda, Angola

27 March 2014 sailed Luanda, Angola

1 April 2014 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa. Captain (X) Nigel A Budd RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Captain Nigel Budd

Captain (X) Nigel A Budd RFA

8 April 2014 joined by HMS PORTLAND at Simonstown Dockyard which commenced an AMP

22 April 2014 sailed Simonstown Dockyard

3 May 2014 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

11 May 2014 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

15 May 2014 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

19 May 2014 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

20 May 2014 undertook RAS approaches with HMS CLYDE

23 May 2014 at Choisell Sound

24 May 2014 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

31 May 2014 sailed East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

2 June 2014 off Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego and transitted the Magellan Strait

6 June 2014 RASed with HMS PORTLAND

12 June 2014 off Punta Arenas at 53.18S 70.70W

14 June 2014 berthed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands

20 June 2014 sailed at East Cove Military Port, Falkland Islands and exercised RAS approaches with HMS CLYDE

2 July 2014 anchored off Ascension Island

4 July 2014 Captain (E) Malcolm Smeaton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

6 July 2014 sailed from Ascension Island anchorage

9 July 2014 RASed with HMS IRON DUKE

10 July 2014 berthed at Conakry, Republic of Guinea

14 July 2014 sailed Conakry, Republic of Guinea

15 July 2014 RASed with HMS IRON DUKE and FNS Commandant Blaison during their current Passage Exercise (PASSEX)

 BRover RAs with RN and FNS

 RFA Black Rover RAS's with British and French Naval Vessels

© MOD – used with consent

 20 July 2014 RASed with HMS IRON DUKE

21 July 2014 berthed at Sekondi-Takoradi Naval Base, Ghana

24 July 2014 sailed from Sekondi-Takoradi Naval Base, Ghana and RASed with HMS IRON DUKE

28 July 2014 anchored off Ascension Island

31 July 2014 sailed Ascension Island anchorage

4 August 2014 RASed with HMS IRON DUKE

11 August 2014 berthed at Walvis Bay, Namibia

15 August 2014 sailed from Walvis Bay, Namibia

19 August 2014 anchored off False Bay, South Africa

20 August 2014 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

1 September 2014 Captain Ian N Pilling RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

23 September 2014 sailed from Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

Black Rover at Simonstown

RFA Black Rover manouevering to leave the Outer Basin at Simonstown. Image courtesy and © of David Erickson

3 October 2014 anchored off Ascension Island

7 October 2014 sailed Ascension Island anchorage

16 October 2014 berthed at Las Palmas de Grand Canaria

21 October 2014 sailed from Las Palmas de Grand Canaria

28 October 2014 berthed at Glen Mallen

30 October 2014 moved berths from Glen Mallen to Loch Striven

2 November 2014 sailed Loch Striven for Birkenhead

3 November 2014 arrived at Birkenhead

17 December 2014 Captain (X) Ian N Pilling RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

24 January 2015 Captain (E) Malcolm Smeaton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

25 January 2015 sailed Birkenhead for Yonderbury Oil Fuel Jetty, Devonport

29 January 2015 sailed Yonderbury Oil Fuel Jetty, Devonport

30 January 2015 berthed at Q Pier at Portland

31 January 2015 Captain (X) Duncan Lamb RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Commodore Lamb 

Captain (X) Duncan Lamb RFA

1 February 2015 sailed Portland Harbour

5 February 2015 made fast to 'C' Buoy, Plymouth Sound

9 February 2015 sailed Plymouth Sound

13 February 2015 arrived at Plymouth Sound

16 February 2015 sailed Plymouth Sound

19 February 2015 made fast to 'C' Buoy at Plymouth Sound

23 February 2015 Captain (X) Gerard A Patterson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. Sailed from Plymouth Sound

Captain G Patterson

Captain (X) Gerard A Patterson RFA

28 February 2015 - made fast to 'C' Buoy, at Plymouth Sound

2 March 2015 sailed Plymouth Sound

5 March 2015 berthed at Portland

8 March 2015 sailed from Portland

17 and 18 March 2015 together with HMS's BULWALK and ARGYLE, Royal Air Force helicopters and more than 80 Royal Marines from 40 Commando based in Taunton, supported by troops and military hardware from 29 Commando Royal Artillery, 24 Commando Royal Engineers, King’s Royal Hussars and Royal Dragoon Guards engaged in Exercise Browndown Battle II off the Isle of Wight and Browndown camp, Gosport. The exercise Browndown Battle II was staged as part of the Advanced Command and Staff Course for over 350 UK and international military students, for them to experience and evaluate the breadth of the Royal Navy’s capabilities within a joint operational environment

20 March 2015 berthed at Portland

10 April 2015 sailed Portland

12 April 2015 berthed at Loch Striven Oil Fuel Depot

20 April 2015 sailed from Loch Striven Oil Fuel Depot and anchored off Tail of Bank

21 April 2015 shifted from the Tail of Bank anchorage and berthed at Gareloch Head, Faslane

28 April 2015 sailed from Gareloch Gead to Loch Striven

2 May 2015 sailed Loch Striven

7 May 2015 berthed at Portland

10 May 2015 sailed Portland

11 May 2015 RASed with HMS ST ALBANS

12 May 2015 engaged in TOWEX with HMS NORTHUMBERLAND

18 May 2015 RASed with TCG Gokova

TCG GOKOVA

TCG Gokova
© Captain Shaun Jones OBE RFA
 

19 May 2015 engaged in TOWEX with TCG Gokova

20 May 2015 RASed with HMS ST ALBANS and TCG Gokova

21 May 2015 berthed at Portland

22 May 2015 Captain (E) Brian A M King RFA appointed as Chied Engineer Officer

25 May 2015 sailed Portland

28 May 2015 RASed with HMS ST ALBANS

29 May 2015 RASed astern with NRP Vasco de Gama later at Plymouth Sound secured on 'D' Buoy

1 June 2015 sailed from Plymouth Sound

5 June 2015 at Plymouth Sound on 'C' Buoy

9 June 2015 at Plymouth moved berths to No: 1 Jetty Devonport

11 June 2015 sailed from No: 1 Jetty Devonport

12 June 2015 secured to 'D' Buoy in Plymouth Sound

15 June 2015 sailed Plymouth Sound

17 June 2015 RASed with HNLMS Friesland

18 June 2015 RASed with RFA LYME BAY

19 June 2015 at Plymouth Sound secured to 'D' Buoy

20 June 2015 sailed Plymouth Sound

22 June 2015 berthed at Glen Mallen

25 June 2015 sailed from Glen Mallen for Loch Striven

8 July 2015 sailed from Loch Striven

10 July 2015 anchored off Douglas, Isle of Man

12 July 2015 berthed at Portland

26 July 2015 sailed from Portland

28 July 2015 berthed at Birkenhead

17 September 2015 berthed alongside at West Float, Birkenhead

13 March 2017 sailed Birkenhead under the tow of the tug MTS Vanquish. Her pennant number and rear anchor had been removed

17 March 2017 arrived at Portsmouth Harbour and berthed alongide in the Dockyard

Black Rover arriving Pompey 17 3 17

Black Rov 17 3 17

 

22 March 2017 moved from Portsmouth Dockyard to Fareham Creek trot - awaiting disposal

29 August 2017 The Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) invited expressions of interest from companies interested in receiving an invitation to tender in respect to the proposed sale for the sole purpose of recycling of the former RFA ship Black Rover (A273)

 

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