RFA Capable - early in her service with an open bridge
Class: NIMBLEClass Fleet Tug
Pennant No: W 171 / A 508
Builder: Hall, Russell & Co, Aberdeen
Launched: 22 November 1945
Out of service:
Fate: 18 July 1973 sold for breaking up
Items of historic interest involving this ship: -
Background Data: There were 4 ships in this Class, 2 of which saw service as RFA’s. They were designed for ocean towing, salvage and harbour duties and were fitted with spring towing hooks but not with towing winches. Bollard pull was approximately 30 tons. Complement 42. Armed during wartime with 1 x 12 pdr AA and 2 x 20 mm AA guns
22 November 1945 launched by Hall, Russell & Co, Aberdeen as Yard Nr 787 named HMS CAPABLE
18 May 1946 the Aberdeen Journal reported -
22 August 1946 completed acceptance trials at Portsmouth
18 April 1951 deployed to assist in the search for HMS/m Afray which failed to surface in the Channel and subsequently was found sunk off the island of Alderney
15 August 1951 at Portsmouth assisted HMS RELENTLESS into No: 12 dry dock
1 April 1958 transferred to the PAS at Portsmouth as CAPABLE
4 August 1960 with other tugs sailed with HMS Vanguard in tow from Portsmouth - The Battleship ran aground at Point, Old Portsmouth
3 December 1960 moved RFA Eddyness from the Dockyard to the Gosport oil fuel jetty
12 December 1960 moved RFA Eddyfirth from the Dockyard to the Gosport oil fuel jetty
20 December 1960 alongside RFA Oakol (2) to refuel - 107 tons of fuel received
22 December 1960 RFA Wave Master sailed from Gosport oil fuel jetty with RFA Capable's assistance. RFA Agile moved from II Basin to the North Wall at Portsmouth
20 May 1962 twenty two members of the crew refused to man the ship (out of a PAS crew of 28) being in dispute over a pay claim. HMS Belfast could not sail from Portsmouth as a result.
August 1968 damaged the frigate HMS ARETHUSAin collision.
30 December 1969 in collision with RFA OLNA (3)
June 1971 on loan at Portland.
27 september 1971 transferred to Devonport.
6 October 1972 approval given to dispose of her and destoring began.
March 1973 on the Disposal List Devonport
26 April 1973 sailed Plymouth for the last time in tow of the tug WARRIOR
18 July 1973 sold to Arnott Young for demolition at Dalmuir.