RFA Olwen (1)

For details on RFA Olwen (1) please see the entry for RFA British Light

 

 

RFA Olwen (2)

 

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Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

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RFA Olwen entering Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on 14 October 1988 © Rex Cox

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Lower image RFA Olwen during the Falklands War ©  Brian Bilverstone

 

Previous name:                      RFA Olynthus               
Subsequent name:                 Kea

Official Number:                      307787

Class:                                     OLYNTHUS (later OLWEN) CLASS Large Fleet Tanker

Pennant No:                           A122

Laid down:                             11 July 1963
Builder:                                  Hawthorne Leslie Shipbuilders Ltd, Hebburn
Launched:                              10 July 1964
Into Service:                          12 June 1965
Out of service:                       19 September 2000
Fate:                                       Broken up

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  The 1962 Defence Estimates included plans for “front line support ships” which would be capable of maintaining “fleet speed”, a term which was later defined as sustained steaming at 20 knots. It was noted during the Kuwait Crisis in the summer of 1961 that the four oilers of the TIDE CLASS, together with OLNA (2) were the only RFA’s with this capability. Invitations to Tender were issued during 1962 and on the 4 February 1963, it was officially announced that an order had been placed for three ships in what became known as the OLYNTHUS CLASS. Early official references to the Class suggest that up to six ships were planned. They were designed by the builders to meet specific requirements and this design built on the success of the IMPROVED TIDE CLASS and when they entered service they were the largest and fastest ships in the RFA Fleet. Capable of operating 3 x Sea-King helicopters, they had full hangar facilities too. Two of the Class were renamed in 1967 to obviate confusion with the names of HM ships. When built, the Class cost approx £10½m

 

4 February 1963 ordered as AO 15

11 July 1963 laid down

1964 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

10 July 1964 launched by Hawthorn Leslie Shipbuilders Ltd, Hebburn as Yard Nr: 755 named OLYNTHUS (2)  The Lady Sponsor was Mrs E.J. Braybrook, the wife of the Director of Stores (Navy)

10 August 1964 Mr Hugh C F Sweenie RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 March 1965 Captain Iorwerth B Roberts RFA appointed as Master

8 June 1965 ran builders trials

21 June 1965 completed six months after the original planned completion date

26 June 1965 sailed from the Tyne

8 August 1965 to 11 August 1965 took part in the Clyde Royal Review along with RFA‘s BLACK RANGER, RESURGENT, ROWANOL and WAVE PRINCE

24 November 1965 at Portland

December 1965 dry docked at Southampton due to reported 'teething troubles' with her engines

13 March 1966 at Portland

13 April 1966 at Portland

7 July 1966 berthed at Newcastle upon Tyne

4 August 1966 berthed at Newcastle on Tyne

1 September 1966 at Plymouth 

20 December 1966 in the Singapore Exercise area while flying the flag of the Commander, Far East Fleet (Vice Admiral Sir Frank Twist KCB, DSC) RAS'ed with HMAS PARRAMATTA and took part in a CASEX A17 with RAN units together with HMS/m ANDREW and a Shackleton aircraft from No 205 Squadron, Royal Air Force from RAF Changi

15 January 1967 Captain A S McWilliam RFA appointed as Master

3 March 1967 off Singapore refuelled HMAS DUCHESS with FFO

7 March 1967 off Singapore refuelled HMAS DUCHESS with FFO

15 June 1967 Mr Ken Robinson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 August 1967 the Lady Sponsor attended a Renaming Luncheon aboard at Portsmouth

9 August 1967 at Falmouth

28 August 1967 during a refit at Portsmouth was renamed OLWEN (2) to obviate confusion with the submarine HMS OLYMPUS. Name derived from that of the daughter of Ysbadadden who was won by Culhwch, the nephew of  King Arthur, who firstly had  to fulfill 40 tasks, one of which was the hunting of the boar Tworch Trwyth

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Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA OLWEN ships bell

 

28 August 1967 the Olynthus Class was redesignated as the Olwen Class

March 1968 Captain George Robson CBE RFA appointed as Master

11 March 1968 at Singapore

15 May 1968 Mr E Smeaton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 June 1968 at Newcastle upon Tyne

November 1968 took part in Naval Exercises in the Mediterranean with 17 RN vessels and 33 other ships from Greece, Italy, the USA and France together with RFA's RESOURCE (2), OLMEDA, LYNESS and TIDEPOOL

12(?) November 1968 off Gibraltar a rating from HMS/m ALLIANCE who received burns during a fire onboard was transferred for treatment onto RFA OLWEN

24 January 1969 together with RFA LYNESS sailed Portsmouth in support of RN ships on a three month cruise circumnavigating South America. RFA LYNESS carried a large and varied assortment of marine and general engineering products from British manufacturers

26 June 1969 followed HMY BRITANNIA to an anchorage 5 cables west of the breakwater at Holyhead as one of the ships involved in the Prince of Wales’ Investiture Tour of the Principality of Wales. Other ships included the frigate HMS LLANDAFF and the minesweepers HMS’s IVESTON, LEWISTON and SHOULTON

30 June 1969 sailed Holyhead and anchored off Llandudno

3 July 1969 sailed Llandudno for an 'At Sea' Day with the frigate HMS LLANDAFF on completion of which she anchored off Abersoch in order to refuel the minesweeper HMS SHOULTON early the following morning

28 August 1970 at 23.49N  54.45W Donkeyman Greaser Derek Gordon Phillips discharged dead - natural causes - buried at sea

19 November 1970 to 11 December 1970  humanitarian assistance - took part in Operation Burlap - to East Pakistan following extensive damage and flooding caused by a cyclone along with HM ships TRIUMPH, INTREPID and HYDRA and RFA’s RESOURCE (2), SIR GALAHAD (1) and STROMNESS

1 February 1971 during Operation FEBEX between Singapore and Hong Kong RASed with HMAS YARRA

RFA Olwen  Lyness Febex 1971

1971 during Operation FEBEX RASing with RFA Lyness
kindly donated by Tony Babb

4 February 1971 during Operation FEBEX between Singapore and Hong Kong RASed with HMAS YARRA

10 February 1971 during Operation FEBEX between Singapore and Hong Kong RASed with HMAS YARRA

12 February 1971 during Operation FEBEX between Singapore and Hong Kong RASed with HMAS YARRA

15 February 1971 during Operation FEBEX between Singapore and Hong Kong RASed and night jackstay transfer with HMAS YARRA

24 February 1971 during Operation FEBEX between Singapore and Hong Kong RASed with HMAS's SYDNEY and YARRA

21 May 1971 RASed with HMAS's SYDNEY, DUCHESS and PARRAMATTA while the RAN ships were on passage from Australia to Vung Tau, Vietnam

11 November 1971 Captain Barry H Rutterford RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Barry H Rutterford RFA

19 July 1972 Captain Richard M Thorn RFA appointed as Master

2 April 1973 berthed on the River Tyne

25 May 1973 at Portland

20 June 1973 at Rosyth Dockyard

24 June 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 10 July 1973

14 July 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 27 July 1973

30 July 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 10 August 1973

17 August 1973 at berthed at Rosyth

10 July 1974 to 30 September 1974 with the Task Force including the carrier HMS HERMES with 41 Commando Royal Marines and RFA’s GOLD ROVER, OLNA(3) and REGENT, she stood by off Cyprus following a coup d’etat attempt and the subsequent Turkish invasion

24 October 1974 berthed on Yonderbury Pier, Devonport

4 November 1974 sailed Devonport to Portland

7 November 1974 off Portland light jackstay transfer with HMS ROTHESAY

8 November 1974 off Portland light jackstay transfer with RFA GOLD ROVER

11 November 1974 off Portland RASed with HMS MINERVA and HMCS HURON

12 November 1974 in the English Channel RASed with HMS NUBIAN and a German naval vessel

15 November 1974 off Portland RASed with HMS NUBIAN and RFA GOLD ROVER

18 November 1974 off Portland RASed with HMS ROTHESAY and two other Allied ships

19 November 1974 off Portland with a TOWEX exercise with HMS ROTHESAY

20 November 1974 off Portland RASed with HMS HARDY - 45 tons of Diesel supplied. A further RAS took place with HMS ROTHESAY and one Allied ship

25 November 1974 sailed from Portland to Portsmouth. Arrived at Portsmouth and anchored off

26 November 1974 berthed alongside at Portsmouth

2 December 1974 sailed Portsmouth

6 December 1974 on passage to Rosyth

8 December 1974 anchored in the Firth of Forth

9 December 1974 berthed alongside at Rosyth and loaded cargo

14 December 1974 sailed Rosyth

16 December 1974 anchored at Spithead

17 December 1974 entered Portsmouth Harbour and made fast on the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

7 January 1975 sailed Portsmouth. Later off Start Point RAS'ed with HMS ARK ROYAL

10 January 1975 RAS'ed with HMS's ARK ROYAL and HAMPSHIRE

11 January 1975 17 miles SW of the Azores

13 January 1975 RASed with HMS's ARK ROYAL and HAMPSHIRE

16 January 1975 RASed with HMS's ARK ROYAL and HAMPSHIRE

18 January 1975 berthed at Curacao to load cargo

19 January 1975 sailed Curacao

21 January 1975 RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL

23 January 1975 RASed with HMS FEARLESS - 900 tons of fuel transferred

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HMS FEARLESS

24 January 1975 RASed with RFA LYNESS - about 50 tons of diesel transferred followed by a RAS with HMS's ARK ROYAL and TARTAR and then a RAS with RFA RESOURCE (2) and HMS HAMPSHIRE

29 January 1975 RASed with RFA's LYNESS and RESOURCE (2) followed by RASes with HMS's ARK ROYAL and HAMPSHIRE

30 January 1975 RASed with HMS TARTAR

6 February 1975 RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL

10 February 1975 engaged in a pumpover with RFA PEARLEAF (2)

11 February 1975 RASed with HMS's ARK ROYAL and TARTAR

12 February 1975 RASed with HMS FEARLESS

14 February 1975 RASed with HMS TARTAR

15 February 1975 engaged in a pumpover with RFA PEARLEAF (2)

17 February 1975 engaged with a Vertical Replenishment with RFA RESOURCE (2) during which 14 loads were transferred

18 February 1975 RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL followed by HMS HAMPSHIRE and RFA's LYNESS and RESOURCE (2)

19 February 1975 berthed at Mayport Naval Base, Jacksonville, FL, USA

25 February 1975 sailed from Mayport Naval Base to sea

28 February 1975 heavy jackstay transfer with HMS FEARLESS

2 March 1975 berthed at Mayport Naval Base

6 March 1975 sailed from Mayport Naval Base to sea

7 March 1975 RASed with HMS HAMPSHIRE and RFA LYNESS

10 March 1975 RASed with HMS's ARK ROYAL and HAMPSHIRE and RFA's LYNESS and RESOURCE (2)

13 March 1975 RASed with HMS's ARK ROYAL and TARTAR

16 March 1975 pumpover with RFA PEARLEAF (2) - some 10,000 tons of fuel transferred

18 March 1975 north of Puerto Rico RASed with USS Luce (DLG7), USS Paul (DE1080) and USS Blakely (DE1072)

19 March 1975 RASed with HMS's ARK ROYAL and HAMPSHIRE

20 March 1975 RASed with HMS GURKHA

22 March 1975 RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL and RFA LYNESS

25 March 1975 RASed with HMS GURKHA followed with a pump over from RFA PEARLEAF (2) - emergency break away

26 March 1975 RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL

27 March 1975 anchored off Bridgetown, Barbados

31 March 1975 sailed from the anchorage off Bridgetown, Barbados

3 April 1975 off Norfolk RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL

6 April 1975 RASed with RFA RESOURCE (2) and HMS ARK ROYAL and then berthed at Norfolk

20 April 1975 at Norfolk, Virginia the ships softball team played a team from USS Vulcan and lost

25 April 1975 at 130 nmiles north of Puerto Rico Able Seaman Thomas Price discharged dead having fallen from a stage while painting the crew's accommodation

16 May 1975 RASed with HMS's LEANDER and LOWESTOFT

25 May 1975 RASed with HMS's ARK ROYAL, DIOMEDE and LOWESTOFT

26 May 1975 pumpover with RFA PEARLEAF (2)

28 May 1975 near Cape Verde RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL - the first attempt resulted in an emergency break away

31 May 1975 RASed with HMS's ARK ROYAL, LEANDER, DIOMEDE and FALMOUTH

3 June 1975 pumpover with RFA DEWDALE (2)

4 June 1975 RASed with HMS BLAKE

5 June 1975 berthed at Gibraltar

7 June 1975 sailed Gibraltar

9 June 1975 RAS'ed with HMS FALMOUTH

11 June 1975 anchored at Portsmouth

16 June 1975 berthed alongside the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

26 June 1975 sailed from Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Portland

30 June 1975 anchored at Spithead

20 October 1975 at Plymouth

29 October 1975 berthed on Yonderberry Jetty, Plymouth and at anchor in the Sound

3 November 1975 sailed Plymouth to take part in Exercise Moby Dick to the South West of Ireland

4 November 1975 RASed HMS's HERMES, BACCHANTE and TARTAR

5 November 1975 RASed HMRCS's FRASER and NIPICON and HMS Sheffield

6 November 1975 RASed HMS's BLAKE, GALATEA, ESKIMO, TARTAR, BACCHANTE and SKEENA

7 November 1975 RASed HMRCS NIPICON -  noon position 310 miles WNW of Fastnet Rock

8 November 1975 RASed HMS HERMES -  noon position 100 miles off west coast of Ireland

9 November 1975 RASed HMS's ESKIMO, TARTAR, BLAKE and GALATEA

10 November 1975 RFA PEARLEAF (2) pumped over to OLWEN and RFA OLNA (3) pumped over to RFA OlMEDA

11 November 1975 RASed USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS (Guided Missile Destroyer), HMS LAKE and GALATEA

12 November 1975 RASed HMS HERMES

13 November 1975 Noon position 200 miles NW of Cape Wrath. heading for the Faroes

14 November 1975 RASed HMS GALATEA and HERMES

15 November 1975 RASed HMS BLAKE and USS Bowen

16 November 1975 RASed GALATEA, USS Ainsworth & Paul. Simulated ammunition RAS with USS Josephus Daniels

17 November 1975 RASed HMS HERMES. Noon position 90 miles west of Norway on NE heading

18 November 1975 Pump over from RFA PEARLEAF (2)

19 November 1975 RASed with USS Paul, Josephus Daniels and HMS GALATEA. Trouble with steering

20 November 1975 Off the Shetlands.  RASed HMS's BLAKE and HERMES

21 November 1975 off Aberdeen.  RASed HMS DEVONSHIRE and USS Fletcher. then anchored at Rosyth until 26 November 1975

27 November 1975 went alongside at Rosyth until 9 December 1975

9 December 1975 sailed Rosyth for Icelandic waters and to relieve RFA Tidepool

13 December 1975 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 3rd Cod War until 5 January 1976

15 January 1976 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 3rd Cod War until 23 February 1976

19 January 1976 off Iceland RASed with HMS BACCHANTE

21 February 1976 off Iceland RASed with HMS BACCHANTE 

24 March 1976 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 3rd Cod War until 22 April 1976

2 April 1976 off Iceland RASed with HMS BACCHANTE

6 April 1976 off Iceland RASed with HMS BACCHANTE

10 April 1976 Wessex 417 crewed by Lt Cdr Simmons, Lt T MacMahon, Lt A Ross and POACMN Butler left RFA OLWEN and flew to a Norwegian research ship 'Harmoni'  46 miles to the north with a crew member who had suffered from bleeding on the brain. This research ship was stuck in pack ice nearly four hundred miles inside the Arctic Circle. A US Air Force Hercules from Keflavik assisted in finding the Harmoni. RFA OLWEN was inside the ice field with the ice being up to 15 feet thick. The sick seaman was brought back to RFA OLWEN and with the assistance of the Hercules exited from the ice pack. She sailed to Jan Mayen Island where the helicopter was again used to transfer the patient ashore and a two engined Norwegian plane was waiting to take him to Norway.

26 May 1976 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 3rd Cod War until 1 June 1976

5 April 1977 with RFA REGENT and RN units anchored at Marsaxlokk, Malta

26 April 1977 moored in Grand Harbour Malta

12 June 1977 in the English Channel RASed with HMAS's Brisbane and MELBOURNE together with HMNZN CANTERBURY 

25 November 1977 to 19 December 1977 along with RFA RESOURCE (2), the frigates HMS ALACRITY and HMS PHOEBE and the nuclear powered submarine HMS DREADNOUGHT was secretly despatched from Devonport to a holding area 1000 miles NE of the Falkland  Islands on Operation Journeyman- to prevent a possible Argentinian invasion - after 50 Argentine “scientists” landed on South Thule

3 September 1978 while on passage from Malta to Portland, she ran aground at 0858 on the Shambles Bank to the east of Portland Bill in Dorset. RFA TYPHOON, which was undergoing trials off Falmouth, was directed to make full speed to Portland and was accompanied by the civilian tug Guardsman. HMS NORFOLK had a line of Olwen's bow. She was re-floated at 1949 that same evening with the additional assistance of the Dockyard tugs FOXHOUND and SHEEPDOG

21 October 1978 off Naples received two helicopters from 824 Squadron NAS on an "aquaint detachment" from HMS ARK ROYAL. Also with RFA's LYNESS and RESOURCE (2) engaged in a RAS with HMS ARK ROYAL

25 October 1978 the two helicopters from 824 Squadron NAS on detachment returned to HMS ARK ROYAL

2 November 1978 together with RFA's LYNESS and RESOURCE (2) and HMS ARK ROYAL sailed Phaleron Bay

16 November 1978 to the west of Malta together with RFA's LYNESS and RESOURCE (2) RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL

25 November 1978 sailed Mallorca with two Sea King helicopters from 824 Squadron NAS for Gibraltar

29 November 1978 rejoined deployment with the two Sea King helicopters from 824 Squadron NAS which were re-embarked on HMS ARK ROYAL

7 September 1979 berthed at Norfolk, Virginia

11 September 1979 sailed Norfolk to take part in Exercise United Effort. RASed with HMS BRISTOL

22 September 1979 RASed with RFA PEARLEAF (2)

23 September 1979 anchored at the Firth of Lorne prior to Exercise Ocean Safari

5 October 1979 end of Exercise Ocean Safari anchored off Bergen, Norway

8 October 1979 sailed Bergen

10 October 1979 anchored at Spithead

11 October 1979 alongside at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

22 October 1979 sailed Portsmouth

23 October 1979 RAS'ed with HMS HERMES off Anglesey who was involved with Sea Harrier trials

25 October 1979 anchored Caernarforn Bay together with RFA REGENT

27 October 1979 RAS'ed with HMS HERMES and then returned to Caernarforn Bay

30 October 1979 off Rosyth

1 November 1979 anchored off Rosyth

4 November 1979 embarked 2 Sea King Helicopters

6 November 1979 sailed Rosyth for start of JMC (joint maritime course)

11 November 1979 start of the Ocean phase of JMC 79

16 November 1979 anchored at Invergordon due to a commercial tank on the jetty. Later berthed alongside to take on cargo

18 November 1979 sailed Invergordon

19 November 1979 anchored at Rosyth

22 November 1979 at Rosyth

30 November 1979 Police Officers boarded at 0200hrs and searched the ship. Three crew members arrested

4 December 1979 sailed Rosyth for the River Tyne arriving the same day

5 April 1980 carried out 12 successful Sea Harrier landings on her Flight Deck. This was the first time that a Sea Harrier had landed on the deck of an RFA at sea

16 May 1980 in Plymouth Sound

19 May 1980 sailed Plymouth Sound with 2 Sea King Helicopters from D flight 814 Naval Air Squadron

23 May 1980 anchored off Gibraltar

27 May 1980 sailed Gibraltar

6 June 1980 berthed alongside at Iskenderum, Turkey

9 June 1980 Iskenderum, Turkey

11 June 1980 pump over with RFA BLUE ROVER

12 June 1980 arrived at Port Said

13 June 1980 transit of Suez Canal

23 June 1980 arrived at Mombasa, Kenya

30 June 1980 sailed Mombasa, Kenya

10 July 1980 arrived off Karachi, Pakistan unable to enter port due to draught

14 July 1980 sailed Karachi, Pakistan. Shortly after sailing suffered damage to the sea water inlet pipe and taking in water.

15 July 1980 anchored off Bombay, India

16 July 1980 unable to enter Bombay due to industrial dispute. Cement transported out to the ship

18 July 1980 no more cement coming out to the ship due to a leak in the barge. Sailed Bombay

24 July 1980 alongside at Sembawang, Singapore for one hour then moved to a buoy

28 July 1980 sailed Singapore

1 August 1980 arrived at Hong Kong moored to A51 Buoy

 Olwen at A51 buoy Hong Kong Aug 80

RFA Olwen moored to A51 Buoy, Hong Kong

18 August 1980 sailed Hong Kong

22 August 1980 arrived at the US Naval Base, Subic Bay, Philippines

25 August 1980 unable to sail due to engine trouble

26 August 1980 sailed Subic Bay

4 September 1980 berthed alongside Sasebo, Japan

8 September 1980 sailed Sasebo, Japan

9 September 1980 caught up in Typhoon Orchid

11 September 1980 arrived at Yokosuka, Japan US Naval Base

15 September 1980 sailed Yokosuka, Japan US Naval Base

18 September 1980 berthed at Sasebo together with RFA BLUE ROVER and HMS ALACRITY

22 September 1980 sailed Sasebo for Hong Kong but diverted to Singerpore with HMS COVENTRY

30 September 1980 arrived Sembawang, Singapore

2 October 1980 sailed Sembawang, Singapore

7 October 1980 along with RFA STROMNESS were the first RFA’s to be deployed on Operation Armilla - the Gulf Patrol

10 October 1980 in the Persian Gulf RAS'ed with HMS COVENTRY

3 November 1980 sailed from Hormuz Straits, Arabian Gulf with HMS COVENTRY

6 November 1980 anchored 3 miles off Bombay

10 November 1980 sailed from anchorage off Bombay

21 November 1980 arrived at Suez

22 November 1980 joined north bound convoy to transit the Suez Canal

23 November 1980 anchored off Alexandria, Egypt

25 November 1980 sailed anchorage off Alexandria, Egypt

2 December 1980 arrived at Gibraltar

4 December 1980 sailed Gibraltar

6 December 1980 anchored in Mounts Bay

7 December 1980 D flight, 824 Naval Air Squadron disembarked

8 December 1980 berthed on Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty. DUring the deployment sailed 41,200 nmiles conducted 240+ RAS's, had 450+ deck landings and visited 15 different ports 

1982 did not see service in the Falklands Conflict as she was in refit at Gibraltar at the time. Her refit was completed ahead of schedule but she did not arrive in the South Atlantic until July 1982

13 August 1982 RASed with HMS BRISTOL

16 August 1982 RASed with HMS BRISTOL

23 August 1982 RASed with HMS BRISTOL

28 August 1982 RASed with HMS BRISTOL

31 August 1982 RASed with HMS BRISTOL

9 August 1984 while serving in the Falklands Islands area she was hit by a rogue wave which killed two and injured four of her crew. The injured men were flown to the British Military Hospital at Port Stanley

6 October 1986 humanitarian aid - airlifted 2 fishermen from the Irish fishing vessel STARDUST off Northern Ireland to Kilmarnock after they had been overcome by methane gas poisoning. A third crew member was also overcome when he entered the compartment and on discovering the tragedy, raised the alarm. 

6 November 1986 humanitarian aid - assisted in the search and rescue attempt for survivors from a  ditched Chinook helicopter 2 miles east of Sumburgh Head in the Shetlands in which 45 people died. The ship scrambled her two helicopters to help in the search for the Chinook and any survivors.

13 November 1986, humanitarian aid - received a distress call from the yacht ”Burleigh” and proceeded at best speed to the last known position of the yacht, which was 95 miles from where Olwen was operating.  On reaching the now upturned yacht, Olwen launched her rescue boat with two RN divers from HMS Gannet onboard, after searching the upturned vessel, no bodies were found

13 February 1987 during the Caribtrain 1987 deployment fired six Petrel rockets as 'targets' for Royal Navy Canadian Navy and US Navy ships from 'tubs' on her flight deck

 

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31 October 1987 Captain Rex A Cooper RFA appointed as Master

13 June 1988 sailed Portsmouth as part of Task Group 318.1 - the Outback 88 Deployment led by the carrier HMS ARK ROYAL- along with RFA’s FORT GRANGE and ORANGELEAF (3)

4 April 1991 Captain Anthony F Pitt DSC RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

 

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Captain A F Pitt DSC RFA

 

29 September 1991 Steward Glen Lawrence discharged dead

10 July 1992 berthed at Singapore

23 August 1992 Captain Brian J Waters OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

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Captain Brian J Waters OBE RFA

January 1993 was part of Task Force 612 led by the carrier HMS ARK ROYAL in Operation Grapple - Adriatic operations

December 1993 Captain Derek N L Yeomans RFA in command

10 May 1994 berthed on the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

18 July 1994 berthed on the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

8 December 1994 Captain Brian J Waters OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

24 June 1996 at Crombie

28 June 1996 humanitarian aid - provided a Boarding Party to assist to control flooding in the Russian cruise liner ALLA TARASOVA off  Fraserburgh, Scotland

28 September 1996 Captain David Gerrard RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

 

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Captain David Gerrard RFA

 

11 June 1996 at Crombie

30 April 1998 berthed at Glen Mallen and Captain Pat Thompson OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

22 December 1998 at Portland

21 April 1999 to 14 June 1999 routine docking at Newcastle

1999 wthdrawn from service as an economy measure and was laid up at Portsmouth

19 September 2000 handed over for disposal; purchased by Eckhardt Organisation, Germany for scrap

January 2001 was renamed KEA for the delivery run to the breakers

2 February 2001 sailed Portsmouth in tow of the Honduras registered tug VALIANT NADER for Aliaga, Turkey

19 February 2001 broke adrift from her tug in a storm off Gibraltar when the tug lost all power. A Spanish rescue tug from Algeciras came to her aid

26 February 2001 tow was passed to the Honduras registered tug SIR MICHAEL

May 2001 reported that she and her sister ship RFA OLNA (3) had been banned from Turkish yards owing to high asbestos content. Diverted to Greece. Finally sailed via the Suez Canal for Indian breakers

21 July 2001 beached at Alang, India for demolition by Shree Saibaba Ship Breaking Co

Notes:

1.  Was one of the 17 tankers employed in the Mozchan on Beira Patrol duties

 

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