RFA Resource (1)

 

 

RFA RESOURCE1

RFA Resource (1)
© Mike Day Collection

 
Subsequent name:                    

Official Number:                                                                                    

Class:                                 Dockyard Mooring Vessel

Pennant No:                       X

Laid down:                              

Builder:                               Bow, McLachlan & Co, Thistle Works, Paisley

Launched:                           7 June 1910
Into Service:                       29 June 1910

Out of service:                    June 1924
Fate:                                   Broken Up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

 

Career Data:

7 June 1910 launched by Bow, McLachlan & Co., Thistle Works, Paisley as Yard No: 257 named Resource for the Admiralty

28 June 1910 completed trials

29 June 1910 handed over. Based at Portsmouth then Rosyth

1914 - 1918 on Boom Defence Duty at Granton

1 January 1917 the Pink List of this date shows her to be based at Southampton

June 1924 reported as broken up by Jas A White, St David's Harbour, River Forth

 

 

RFA Resource (2)

 

 

Resource_1965

Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA Resource

 

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                   Resourceful  

Official Number:                      334496                                                                  

Class:                                     REGENT CLASS Armaments Stores Ship

Pennant No:                             A480

Laid down:                               19 June 1964

Builder:                                   Scotts Ship Building, Greenock

Launched:                                11 February 1966
Into Service:                             16 May 1967

Out of service:                          1 May 1997
Fate:                                        Broken Up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Resource

 

Background Data:   There were two Admiralty-designed ships in this Class and although the order for them was officially announced at the beginning of 1963, it was not until the 13 August that year that the builders were named. They cost a total of £15 million and carried a full range of ammunition and armament stores, with limited stores and provisions. In 1966, this Class became the first RFA’s to be allocated permanent Flights and carried Wessex HU5 helicopters from 829 NAS until April 1987 as they were fitted with full aviation facilities. Affectionately known in the Fleet as "Regret" and "Remorse", their proud boast was that they were designed to sink upright

24 January 1963 ordered as A.E.F.S. 01

8 February 1966 officially named RESOURCE but could not be launched owing to high winds on the Clyde. The Lady Sponsor was Mrs Haddocks, w/o the Director of Armament Supply

11 February 1966 launched by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock as Yard Nr: 697

15 March 1966 Mr A Webb RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 August 1966 Captain J Dines RD RFA appointed as Master

21 September 1967 at Greenock

20 November 1967 at Plymouth

4 March 1968 at Plymouth

24 August 1967 the Western Morning News reported that the ship and HMS EAGLE were both in Plymouth Sound and over a five hour period transferred 150 tons of food, stores, essential equipment and spare parts by helicoper from the ship to the aircraft carrier. Two helicopers from HMS EAGLE and one from the ship were used. The transfer apparemtly included 33 tons of potatoes, 46,000 cans of beer, 10 tons of refrigerated stores, 20 tons of canned goods and 17 loads of fresh vegetables.

31 May 1968 Captain S E Clench RFA appointed as Master and Mr Hugh C F Sweenie RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

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 OLWEN (2), OLMEDA, LYNESS and TIDEPOOL

28 July 1969  took part in the Western Fleet Review at Torbay along with RFA‘s ENGADINE, LYNESS and OLMEDA along with the aircraft carrier HMS EAGLE and 34 other warships of the Western Fleet. Was also the first RFA to fly the Personal Pennant of the Prince of Wales when he made an official visit to the ship

24 September 1969 engaged in Operation Peacekeeper together with HMS EAGLE and RFA OLNA (3)

K 78138

K 78141

Operation Peacekeeper together with HMS EAGLE and RFA OLNA (3)

19 November 1970 until 11 December 1970 along with RFA’s SIR GALAHAD (1), OLWEN (2) and STROMNESS she supported  HM ships TRIUMPH, INTREPID and HYDRA on Operation Burlap  - humanitarian aid to East Pakistan after the area had suffered extensive damage and flooding caused by a cyclone

13 April 1971 at Plymouth

24 May 1971 at Portland

13 August 1971 at Auckland, New Zealand

31 October 1971 took part in the final steam past of 17 ships from the RN, RAN, RNZN and RFA in the Far East Fleet in the Singapore Straits after the closure of the Naval Base there which also included RFA’s FORT SANDUSKY, GOLD RANGER, OLNA (3), RELIANT (2), STROMNESS, TIDEFLOW (1) and TIDEPOOL. Immediately afterwards for three hectic days she participated in Operation Curtaincall - a combined RN, RAN, RNZN and RFA Fleet Exercise off the NW coast of Malaysia

29 March 1972 on the River Clyde

26 March 1973 with HMS INTREPID she assisted in fighting a fire aboard the Liberian-registered tanker NAESS SPIRIT in position 48.11N 06.00W

28 March 1974 at Bermuda where her embarked helicopter removed the figurehead of HMS IRRESITABLE from Clarence Cove to HMS MALABAR

1 April 1974 on passage from Bermuda to Plymouth

7 April 1974 at 48.11N 8.15W overflown by a Portugese Air Force Neptune aircraft

8 April 1974 made fast to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound. Received 750 tons of bunkers. The Hospital was found to be flooded from a fractured air consitioning unit

9 April 1974 in Plymouth Sound received 36 tons of fresh water

22 April 1974 at Plymouth Sound received 250 tons of bunker fuel

28 April 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound

30 April 1974 anchored in Broderick Bay

2 May 1974 engaged in exercises in the Clyde area

4 May 1974 anchored in Broderick Bay

6 May 1974 sailed Broderick Bay to Glen Mallen Armanents Jetty

21 May 1974 loaded 696 tons of bunker fuel

22 May 1974 sailed Glen Mallen

24 May 1974 secured to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound

4 June 1974 loaded 400 tons of bunker fuel and received 40 tons of fresh water

6 June 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to the Plymouth exercise area

8 June 1974 anchored in Plymouth Sound later the same day sailed to the exercise area of Portland

12 June 1974 anchored at the Portland anchorage area

13 June 1974 sailed Portland for exercises the to Plymouth Sound to anchor

14 June 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound

15 June 1974 secured to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound and loaded 590 tons of bunker fuel

21 June 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to the Plymouth exercise area

24 June 1974 RASed with HMS ANDROMEDA returning to Plymouth Sound to anchor

25 June 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound 

27 June 1974 berthed at Bremerhaven, Germany

1 July 1974 sailed Bremerhaven, Germany

3 July 1974 secured to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound sailing later to the Plymouth Exercise area

5 July 1974 in the Plymouth exercise area RASed with HMS WHITBY

7 July 1974 anchored in Plymouth Sound loading 632 tons of bunker fuel and 100 tons of fresh water

8 July 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to the Plymouth exercise area returning later during the day to anchor in Plymouth Sound

9 July 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to exercise area

13 July 1974 anchored in Plymouth Sound and loaded 526 tons of bunker fuel

15 July 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound for exercises

16 July 1974 berthed on A1 buoy at Portland

18 July 1974 sailed Portland to exercise area

19 July 1974 anchored in Plymouth Sound

20 July 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound

23 July 1974 off Europa Point, Gibraltar to the Gibraltar exercise area

24 July 1974 anchored in Gibraltar Bay loaded 300 tons of bunker fuel

26 July 1974 sailed Gibraltar Bay

30 July 1974 berthed on No 3 buoy at Crombie, Firth of Forth

2 August 1974 at Crombie NAV Flintlock and NAV Catapult berthed alongside working cargo

6 August 1974 at Crombie NAV Flintlock berthed alongside working cargo. PAS Watercourse supplied 153 tons of fresh water

7 August 1974 at Crombie PAS Watercourse alongside supplying fresh water

12 August 1974 at Crombie NAV Flintlock berthed alongside working cargo and PAS Watercourse also alongside supplying 111 tons of fresh water

14 August 1974 at Crombie PAS Watercourse alongside supplying 120 tons of fresh water

15 August 1974 at Crombie loaded 407 tons of bunker fuel from PAS C609 berthed alongside

16 August 1974 at Crombie loaded 170 tons of bunker fuel from PAS C609 berthed alongside

19 August 1974 at Crombie loaded 170 tons of bunker fuel from PAS C609 berthed alongside. NAV Flintlock alongside working cargo. PAS Watercourse alongside supplying 150 tons of fresh water

20 August 1974 sailed Crombie

23 August 1974 berthed A1 Buoy, Portland. PAS Waterside alongside supplying 30 tons of fresh water

28 August 1974 sailed Portland to Plymouth Sound arriving the next day. Secured to 'D' Buoy

2 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Oilman alongside supplying 246 tons of bunker fuel

3 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Oilman alongside supplying 242 tons of bunker fuel

4 September 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to the Portland Exercise Area

5 September 1974 secured to 'D' Buoy at Plymouth Sound

6 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Oilman alongside supplying 240 tons of bunker fuel 

7 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Waterfowl alongside supplying 100 tons of fresh water

8 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Waterfowl alongside supplying 129 tons of fresh water then sailed to the Clyde Exercise Area

13 September 1974 anchored in Broderick Bay then sailed to the Clyde Exercise Area

20 September 1974 loaded 660 tons of bunker fuel and 120 tons of fresh water

26 September 1974 made fast to No 3 Buoy at Crombie

27 September 1974 at Crombie PAS Flintlock alongside working cargo and PAS Watercharge alongside supplying 127 tons of fresh water

2 October 1974 off Gibraltar

6 October 1974 made fast to No 1 Buoy at Villefranche Sur Mer

9 October 1974 at Villefranche Sur Mer loaded 100 tons of fresh water from a barge alongside

11 October 1974 at Villefranche Sur Mer loaded 51 tons of fresh water from a barge alongside

12 October 1974 at Villefranche Sur Mer loaded 79 tons of fresh water from a barge alongside

13 October 1974 sailed Villefranche Sur Mer

15 October 1974 off Malta

16 October 1974 off Grand Harbour, Malta with a sick crew member ashore for treatment

22 October 1974 off the Italian Island of Pantelleria

25 October 1974 to 29 October 1974 in the Sardinia Exercise Area

31 October 1974 anchored in Gibraltar Bay

1 November 1974 alongside at No: 50 berth at Gibraltar and loaded 347 tons of bunker fuel

2 November 1974 sailed Gibraltar

5 November 1974 berthed on A2 buoy at Portland

6 November 1974 loaded 140 tons of fresh water and 250 tons of bunker fuel

12 November 1974 sailed Portland on exercises

15 November 1974 berthed on A2 buoy at Portland

18 November 1974 sailed Portland on exercises

19 November 1974 berthed on 'D' buoy at Plymouth Sound

21 November 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 245 tons of bunker fuel from PAS Oilman

23 November 1974 in Plymouth Sound NAV THROSK alongside working cargo

2 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound NAV THROSK alongside working cargo

3 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound NAV THROSK alongside working cargo

9 December 1974 Plymouth Sound PAS Waterfowl alongside supplying 130 tons of fresh water

RMAS Waterfowl

PAS Waterfowl

13 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 245 tons of bunker fuel from PAS Oilman and 121 tons of fresh water from PAS Waterfowl

16 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 121 tons of fresh water from PAS Waterfowl

18 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 145 tons of fresh water from PAS Waterfowl

20 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 134 tons of fresh water from PAS Waterfowl

23 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 248 tons of bunker fuel from PAS Oilman

7 January 1975 at Plymouth

24 January 1975 in the Caribbean RASed with RFA OLWEN (2)

21 April 1975 berthed at Norfolk, Virginia during Operation Springboard

17 July 1975 at Plymouth

28 June 1977 took part in the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review at Spithead

14 October 1977 at Moray Firth involved in exercises with HMS ARK ROYAL including being towed by the aircraft carrier during a TOWEX

5 November 1977 anchored at Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta

November 1977 with RFA OLWEN (2), the frigates HMS ALACRITY and HMS PHOEBE and the nuclear powered submarine HMS DREADNOUGHT part of Naval Task Force for Operation Journeyman - steps to prevent Argentine Forces invading the Falkland Islands - after 50 Argentine  “scientists”  landed on South Thule

23 June 1978 off Port Everglades VERTREP with HMS ARK ROYAL - beer

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

5 January 1979 humanitarian aid - along with the frigate HMS ALACRITY she assisted in searching the area to the west of the Casquets Light Vessel in the English Channel after the sinking of the Greek mv CANTONAD the previous day while on passage from Lisbon to Denmark with a cargo of salt. Only one of her crew of sixteen was rescued

7 July 1979 at Smiths Dock, River Tyne in refit

11 February 1981 RASed with fuel from RFA TIDESPRING (1)

1982 - took part in the Falklands War - Operation Corporate

1 April 1982 at Rosyth No: 3 Buoy loading cargo from mv Cicalla and various barges

2 April 1982 loaded fresh water from RMAS Watercourse

5 April 1982 loaded 315 tons of bunkers

6 April 1982 sailed from Rosyth to the Falklands with 2 x Wessex 5‘s from A Flight 845 NAS embarked.

11 April 1982 along with RFA STROMNESS she caught up with the Amphibious Landing Group at sea which consisted of RFA’s SIR GALAHAD (1), SIR GERAINT, SIR LANCELOT, SIR PERCIVALE and PEARLEAF (2) escorted by the LPD HMS FEARLESS and the Type 21 frigates HMS ALACRITY and HMS ANTELOPE

15 April 1982 crossed the Equator

17 April 1982 arrived Ascension Island

18 April 1982 sailed Ascension Island as part of the Carrier Battle Group - TG 317.8 - along with RFA OLMEDA in company with the carrier HMS HERMES, the destroyer HMS GLAMORGAN and the frigates HM ships ALACRITY, BROADSWORD and YARMOUTH

19 April 1982 loaded 1,302 tons of bunkers

20 April 1982 RASed with HMS BROADSWORD

25 April 1982 entered the TEZ (Total Exclusion Zone ) around the Falkland Islands

26 April 1982 loaded 530 tons of bunkers

30 April 1982 loaded 242 tons of bunkers

4 May 1982 along with RFA FORT AUSTIN one of the first ships to rescue survivors from HMS SHEFFIELD after she had been hit by an exocet missile. Her Wessex 5 helicopter assisted in the evacuation

5 May 1982 loaded 402 tons of bunkers

11 May 1982 loaded 372 tons of bunkers

14 May 1982 RASed with HMS INVINCIBLE  

15 May 1982 RASed with RFA REGENT

16 May 1982 loaded 330 tons of bunkers

19 May 1982 loaded 166 tons of bunkers

22 May 1982 loaded 143 tons of bunkers

23 May 1982 entered San Carlos Water along with RFA’s SIR BEDIVERE and TIDEPOOL

24 May 1982 near missed by Argentinian bombs along with RFA’s FORT AUSTIN and STROMNESS

25 May 1982 sailed Falkland Sound along with RFA’s SIR PERCIVALE, STROMNESS and TIDEPOOL and escorted by the frigate HMS AMBUSCADE

26 May 1982 RASed with RFA REGENT

27 May 1982 loaded 292 tons of bunkers 

30 May 1982 sailed for South Georgia 

1 June 1982 at Husvik Harbour VERTREP with HMS ENDURANCE

2 June 1982 anchored at South Georgia

4 June 1982 anchored at South Georgia with HMS NORTHELLA berthed alongside

5 June 1982 loaded 225 tons of bunkers

8 June 1982 while RASing with HMS CARDIFF at sea the RAS rig onboard gave way injuring Chief Officer John H Wallace RFA, Petty Officer (D) Nazareno Muscat RFA and SG1B George Ferrier RFA. Loaded 143 tons of bunkers

17 June 1982 anchored at Port William, Falkland Islands

19 June 1982 anchored at Port William, Falkland Islands with RFA SIR PERCIVALE berthed alongside

22 June 1982 sailed Port William, Falkland Islands and loaded 750 tons of bunkers

23 June 1982 anchored San Carlos Water with RFA FORT GRANGE and the tug Irishman berthed alongside

25 June 1982 sailed San Carlos Water

26 June 1982 RASed with HMS HERMES and later loaded 200 tons of bunkers

27 June 1982 anchored at Grytviken, South Georgia

 Resource at South Georgia

RFA RESOURCE at South Georgia

© Crown copyright IWM (FKD137)

 

28 June 1982 VERTREP with RFA REGENT and then departed South Georgia area for the U.K

8 July 1982 anchored off Ascension Island

9 July 1982 at Ascension Island while berthing port side to the STUFF ship mv Alvega the fo'castle came in contact with the mooring lead on the Alvega causing damage to plating on RFA RESOURCE between frames 222 and 223. The plating was set in for approx one inch. Guard rails on the Alvega buckled.  RFA RESOURCE received 1,045 tons of bunkers. Then sailed Ascension Island for Plymouth

14 July 1982 RASed and received 430 tons of bunkers

19 July 1982 arrived back at Plymouth - 'D' Buoy on completion of Operation Corporate duties

27 July 1982 sailed Plymouth for Rosyth

30 July 1982 arrived at Rosyth and secured to No: 3 Buoy

31 July 1982 Captain J Coull RFA took command

20 August 1982 at Rosyth RMAS Watercourse alongside supplying 118 tons of fresh water

10 September 1982 received 125 tons of fresh water

14 September 1982 received 110 tons of fresh water

15 September 1982 sailed Rosyth for Plymouth

17 September 1982 secured to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound

24 September 1982 sailed Plymouth Sound

28 April 1983 MM1A Thomas Sawyer discharged dead

18 January 1984 at Plymouth

10 April 1984 Quartermaster Clive Mills discharged dead

19 June 1984 during a RAS with HMS MANCHESTER in Scottish waters a Soviet spy ship recklessly sailed in front of the two ships which nearly had to undertake an emergency breakaway

17 July 1984 at Rosyth

6 September 1984 at Rosyth

28 September 1984 was presented with her Falkland Islands 1982 Battle Honour in Plymouth Sound by Captain C.G. Butterworth RFA CMS

1 November 1984 at Mombassa

21 March 1985 at Plymouth

13 May 1985 at Newcastle on Tyne

June 1990 while in a period of extended readiness Chief Officer Bob Jones RFA in command

15 June 1990 at Rosyth

28 August 1990 at Rosyth

17 October 1990 sailed Emden on Operation Granby - the Gulf War - with Army Emergency Munition Reserves. She was escorted through the Suez Canal by the Argentinian warship SPIRO

14 November 1990 arrived Gulf area

1991 was awarded the Kuwait 1991 Battle Honour along with 9 other RFA’s

10 March 1991 Captain Shane Redmond OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

20 April 1991 to 15 July 1991 humanitarian relief - along with RFA ARGUS she was involved in Operation Haven and provided support to Kurdish refugees in the Turkey/Iraq frontier area

24 May 1991 at Iskenderun

27 June 1991 at Iskenderun

9 November 1991 on the Tees

1992 laid up at Rosyth with a maintenance crew aboard

9 September 1992 alongside at Crombie, River Forth

21 September 1992 at Crombie and Captain (E) Robert Settle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Bob Settle

Captain (E) Robert Settle RFA

November 1992 sailed UK to act as accommodation ship and floating warehouse at Split, Croatia on Operation Grapple

15 April 1993 alongside at Split, Croatia

24 April 1994 was relieved at Split by RFA FORT GRANGE on Operation Grapple

18 May 1995 alongside at Split, Croatia

18 October 1995 alongside at Split, Croatia

27 November 1995 Captain Shane Redmond OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

 Captain Shane Redmond OBE crop

Captain Shane Redmond OBE RFA

19 May 1996 whilst serving as Commanding Officer of the ship at Split, Croatia, Captain Shane Redmond, OBE RFA retired from the service after 40 years

7 October 1996 at Split

27 February 1997 at Split

14 April 1997 again replaced by RFA FORT GRANGE on Operation Grapple at Split. She was one of the few British units to have participated in all 4 phases of British operations in the Balkans viz UNPROFOR, UNCRO, IFOR and SFOR

29 April 1997 Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Capt RR B2

Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA

1 May 1997 arrived Devonport to destore for disposal

June 1997 was sold for £1.7 million to Harlequin Shipping Ltd (Electra Maritime (London) Ltd, Managers), St Vincent & Grenadines and was renamed RESOURCEFUL

24 June 1997 sailed Devonport for Indian breakers

20 August 1997 arrived Alang, India to be broken up.

Notes:

 

4 July 1927  her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her predecessor, an R.N. repair ship .

Was one of the 11 storeships employed in the Mozchan on Beira Patrol duties

Ships of the same name

Resource.  A 6th rate of 603 bm launched by Randall of Rotherhithe on the 10 August 1778, 120.5 x 33.5 feet, armed with 28 guns.  Became a floating battery in 1804, then reduced to harbour service in April 1806, renamed Enterprize.  Sold out of service on the 28 August 1816.

Battle Honours for this Vessel: EGYPT 1801.

 

Resource. A repair ship of 12,300 tons, 500 x 83 feet built and launched by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow on the 27 November 1928.  Broken up by Wards of Inverkeithing in February 1954.

Additional information

Copyright © 2008 – 2017 Christopher J White

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website, by continuing to use the site you agree to cookies being used. More info.