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Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA Wave Chief

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Previous name:                        Empire Edgehill       

Official Number:                       180935 

Class:                                     WAVE CLASS  Replenishment Oiler (modified)

Pennant No:                            X119 / A265

Laid down:
Builder:                                    Harland & Wolff, Govan

Launched:                               4 April 1946
Into Service:                            30 July 1946
Out of service:                         August 1974
Fate:                                       Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  A need for fast tankers to bring oil into the country had been envisaged early in the Second World War, but by the time the material had been collected and the Yards had space to build them, the need had largely passed and the original design of diesel-engined ships was abandoned. Instead, the standard 12000t Class being built were given sharper bows and sterns and turbine engines with water tube boilers. In all, 21 of this type were built and were offered to the Admiralty, who wanted faster tankers for the Pacific Fleet Train. The Admiralty took 20 of them (the final vessel being completed commercially for Oil and Molasses Tankers Ltd, London as BEECHWOOD) and renamed them with the WAVE nomenclature. Performance varied considerably from ship to ship and they underwent various modifications in their rigs for RAS work. The 8 best ones were finally given an extensive refit, with extra accommodation added to the Bridge Deck and extra turbo cargo pumps and derricks to make them more satisfactory for Fleet work. Initially expensive to run, they recouped some of their expensive repair bills by earning revenues from charter work after the Korean War. From this Class was evolved the TIDE CLASS oilers

 

4 June 1946 launched by Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan as Yard Nr: 1306 G named EMPIRE EDGEHILL for the MoWT

27 July 1946 taken over by the Admiralty

30 July 1946 completed as WAVE CHIEF and was initially chartered out commercially before transferring to Admiralty management and RFA manning

21 September 1946 arrived Port Said

6 October 1946 sailed Abadan for Kure, Japan

26 November 1946 arrived at Abadan

18 December 1946 arrived at Colombo, Ceylon

20 December 1946 sailed Colombo, Ceylon for Abadan

11 January 1947 sailed Trincomalee, Ceylon for Hong Kong

26 March 1947 sailed Hong Kong for Abadan

22 April 1947 sailed Port Said

27 April 1947 passed Gibraltar westbound for Portland

16 May 1947 sailed Aden for Abadan

23 May 1947 sailed Abadan after loading cargo

28 May 1947 Mr D L Walls RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

10 June 1947 Fireman Assab Moosharuf discharged dead. He died at the British Military Hospital, Ballan, Egpt from pneumonia and is buried  in the Suez African and Indian Army War Cemetery, Egypt

 

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Courtesy of and © The War Graves Photographic Project

 

12 June 1947 passed Flamborough Head sailing northward

18 June 1947 sailed Rosyth for Trinidad

1 July 1947 sailed Trinidad for LEFO

12 July 1947 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

13 July 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 July 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 July 1947 Captain Albert E Curtain OBE RD RFA (Lieut-Commander RNR) appointed as Master. Berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

25 July 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 July 1947 arrived the River Clyde

18 August 1947 on the River Clyde along with RFA's BROOMDALE, WAVE EMPEROR and WAVE PROTECTOR in refit

10 September 1947 sailed the River Clyde for Abadan

19 September 1947 arrived Port Said

23 September 1947 passed Aden

1 October 1947 sailed Abadan for Kure, Japan

24 February 1948 berthed at Avonmouth to discharge cargo from Abadan

26 February 1948 sailed Avonmouth in ballast for Abadan

30 March 1948 berthed at Malta

1 June 1948 while on passage from Abadan to Devonport passed Gibraltar this day

15 June 1948 at Plymouth. Mr Ronald C Putt RFA appointed as Relief Chief Engineer Officer

3 August 1948 sailed Devonport for Bombay

6 August 1948 passed Gibraltar while on passage to Port Said

11 August 1948 arrived at Port Said

12 August 1948 sailed Port Said arriving at Bombay on 20 August 1948

23 August 1948 sailed Bombay arriving at Shat al Arab on 27 August 1948

29 August 1948 sailed Abadan arriving Suez on 7 September 1948

8 September 1948 transitted the Suez Canal

9 September 1948 sailed Port Said to Gibraltar arriving 15 September 1948 to discharge

27 September 1948 sailed Gibraltar

11 October 1948 while passing Jezirat Farur in collision with a Dhow named Bataram Han from Muscat which sank. Eleven survivors from the Dhow were picked up. One other was missing. One of the survivors (a child) was badly injured

12 October 1948 arriving Abadan and the survivors were landed and the injured child was admitted to Abadan Hospital

14 October 1948 sailed Abadan to Port Tewfik arriving 25 October 1948

26 October 1948 sailed Port Said to Portsmouth Harbour arriving 5 November 1948 to discharge

15 November 1948 Mr H C A Brain RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 November 1948 sailed Portsmouth Harbour to Abadan arriving 16 December 1948

18 December 1948 sailed Abadan to Singapore arriving 30 December 1948

30 December 1948 sailed Singapore to Kure arriving 8 January 1949

11 January 1949 sailed Kure to Colombo arriving 22 January 1949

3 February 1949 sailed Colombo to Shat al Arab arriving 9 February 1949

12 February 1949 sailed Abadan to Sydney, NSW to discharge arriving on 8 March 1949

11 March 1949 sailed from Sydney, NSW, Australia to Abadan to load arriving 2 April 1949

4 April 1949 sailed Abadan to Simonstown arriving 20 April 1949

29 April 1949 sailed Simonstown to Abadan arriving 15 May 1949

17 May 1949 sailed Abadan to Port Said arriving 28 May 1949

28 May 1949 sailed Port Said to Rosyth

30 May 1949 at the River Tyne. Mr Ronald C Putt RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

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Chief Engineer Officer Ronald C Putt RFA

10 June 1949 arrived at Rosyth

13 June 1949 sailed Rosyth to South Shields arriving the same day

16 June 1949 Captain Ernest C Rogers RFA appointed as Master

Captain Ernest C Rogers

Captain Ernest C Rogers RFA

25 June 1949 sailed Hebburn on Tyne to Port Said arriving 6 July 1949

7 July 1949 sailed Suez to Abadan arriving 16 July 1949

21 July 1949 sailed Abadan to Hong Kong arriving 6 August 1949

11 August 1949 sailed Hong Kong to Bombay arriving 23 August 1949

25 August 1949 sailed Bombay to Abadan arriving 30 August 1949

1 September 1949 sailed Abadan to Suez arriving 11 September 1949

13 September 1949 sailed Port Said to Rosyth arriving 23 September 1949

30 September 1949 sailed Rosyth for the River Tyne arriving 1 October 1949

30 November 1949 sailed Wallsend in ballast to Spithead arriving the next day  and then sailed to Port Said arriving 10 December 1949

11 December 1949 transitted the Suez Canal for Abadan arriving 20 December 1949

23 December 1949 sailed Abadan for Colombo arriving 30 December 1949

25 December 1949 at sea at 24.10N 58.32E General Servant Laurence Barboza discharged dead - stabbed with a knife - murdered

31 December 1949 sailed Colombo for Singapore arriving 5 January 1950 to discharge

9 January 1950 sailed Singapore in ballast for Abadan arriving 19 January 1950

23 January 1950 having loaded cargo sailed Abadan for Sasebo arriving 12 February 1950 to discharge

14 February 1950 sailed Sasebo to Singapore arriving 21 February 1950

27 February 1950 sailed Singapore to Subic Bay arriving 3 March 1950

5 March 1950 sailed Subic Bay to Hong Kong arriving 7 March 19509 March 1950 sailed Hong Kong to Abadan arriving 23 March 1950

27 March 1950 sailed Abadan to Suez arriving 6 April 1950

14 April 1950 sailed Suez to Abadan arriving 22 April 1950

25 June 1950 with RN ships and 18 other RFA's joined the US 7th Fleet in Naval Operations which became known as the Korean War

20 November 1950 while on passage from Abadan to Devonport passed Gibraltar

7 December 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing westwards

11 December 1950 arrived Glasgow from Devonport

3 January 1951 Captain F A Shaw RFA appointed as Master

24 January 1951 at Glasgow

8 April 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS COCKADE supplying 129 tons of FFO, HMS BLACK SWAN supplying 75 tons of FFO, HMS CONCORD supplying 116 tons of FFO and HMNethS Evertsen supplying 110 tons of FFO

13 April 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS THESEUS supplying 452 tons of FFO, HMCS HURON supplying 112 tons of FFO, HMAS BATAAN supplying 116 tons of FFO and HMCS ATHABASKAN supplying 130 tons of FFO

18 April 1951 off Korea RASed with HMCS ATHABASKAN supplying 260 tons of FFO, HMCS HURON supplying 234 tons of FFO, HMS COMUS supplying 298 tons of FFO and HMAS BATAAN supplying 222 tons of FFO

19 April 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS AMETHYST supplying 180 tons of FFO, HMS BELFAST supplying 477 tons of FFO, HMS COMUS supplying 177 tons of FFO  HMCS NOOTHA supplying 237 tons FFO and HMAS WARRAMUNGA supplying 266 tons of FFO

20 April 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS AMETHYST supplying 100 tons of FFO

28 April 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS AMETHYST supplying 155 tons of FFO, HMCS ATHABASKAN supplying 260 tons of 250 tons of FFO. HMCS HURON supplying 216 tons of FFO.  HMCS NOOTHA supplying 202 tons FFO and HMAS WARRAMUNGA supplying197 tons of FFO

29 April 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS BLACK SWAN supplying 107 tons of FFO

1 May 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS GLORY supplying with 260 tons of FFO and 51 tons of AVGAS, HMAS BATAAN supplying her with 266 tons of FFO. HMCS NOOTHA supplying her with 215 tons FFO. HMCS HURON supplying 170 tons of FFO. and HMAS WARRAMUNGA supplying 100 tons of FFO

2 May 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS KENYA supplying her with 610 tons of FFO

4 May 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS KEYNA supplying her with 290 tons of FFO. HMS COMUS supplying her with 267 tons of FFO. HMAS BATAAN supplying her with 262 tons of FFO. HMCS HURON supplying her with 225 tons of FFO. HMCS SIOUX supplying her with 125 tons of FFO and HMCS ATHABASKAN supplying her with 145 tons of FFO.

29 June 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS CARDIGAN BAY supplying her with 298 tons of FFO and HMS CONSTANCE supplying her with 300 tons of FFO

30 June 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS COCKADE supplying her with 190 tons of FFO. HMS CONSORT supplying her with 210 tons of FFO and USS Ulvert M Moore (DE442) supplying her with 98 tons of FFO

4 July 1951 off Korea RASed with USS Ulvert M Moore (DE442) supplying her with 132 tons of FFO, HMS CONSTANCE supplying her with 101 tons of FFO, HMAS WARRAMUNGA supplying her with 284 tons of FFO and HMCS NOOTHKA supplying her with 58 tons of FFO

6 July 1951 off Korea RASed with RNethNS Van Galen supplying her with 143 tons of FFO and HMS CEYLON supplying her with 490 tons of FFO

8 July 1951 off Korea RASed with HMCS NOOTHKA supplying her with 280 tons of FFO, HMAS WARRAMUNGA supplying her with 316 tons of FFO, USS Ulvert M Moore (DE442) supplying her with 150 tons of FFO, RNethNS Van Galen supplying her with 166 tons of FFO, HMS MOUNTS BAY supplying her with 205 tons of FFO and HMS CONSORT supplying her with 145 tons of FFO.

12 July 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS GLORY supplying her with 48,100 gallons of AVGAS and 930 tons of FFO. HMCS HURON supplying her with 220 tons of FFO, USS Rogers (DD876) supplying her with 169 tons of FFO, HMS KEYNA supplying her with 448 tons of FFO, USS Brown (DD546) supplying her with 153 tons of FFO and HMS CONSTANCE supplying her with 121 tons of FFO. During the RAS with HMS KEYNA the hose burst.

18 July 1951 off Korea RASed with HMCS HURON supplying her with 200 tons of FFO, HMS CONSTANCE supplying her with 190 tons of FFO USS Renshaw (DDE 499) supplying her with 229 tons of FFO and USS Brown (DD546) supplying her with 143 tons of FFO

22 July 1951 while on passage from Kure transfered mail by jackstay to HMAS MURCHISON

23 July 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS CARDIGAN BAY supplying her with 297 tons of FFO

25 July 1951 off Korea RASed with RNethNS Van Galen supplying her with 295 tons of FFO, USS Renshaw (DDE499) supplying her with 232 tons of FFO, HMAS WARRAMUNGA supplying ger with 318 tons of FFO and USS Ulvert M Moore (DE442) supplying 69 tons of FFO. During the RAS with USS Renshaw (DDE499) the hose burst

29 July 1951 off Korea RASed with RNethNS Van Galen supplying her with 278 tons of FFO, HMCS HURON supplying her with 324 tons of FFO, USS Renshaw (DDE499) supplying her with 213 tons of FFO, USS Ulvert M Moore (DE442) supplying her with 121 tons of FFO and HMCS CAYUGA supplying her with 247 tons of FFO

30 July 1951 HMAS MURICHSON and HMNZS HAWEA alongside to refuel at Sao San Island at 37.11.4N 125.54.6E

1 August 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS GLORY supplying her with 637 tons of FFO and 26,000 gallons of AVGAS, HMCS CAYUGA supplying her with 210 tons of FFO, HMCS HURON supplying her with 166 tons of FFO, USS Renshaw (DDE 499) supplying her with 145 tons of FFO and USS Ulvert M Moore (DE442) supplying her with 95 tons of FFO

4 August 1951 off Korea RASed with HMCS CAYUGA supplying her with 220 tons of FFO. HMCS HURON supplying her with 177 tons of FFO, USS Renshaw (DDE499) supplying her with 161 tons of FFO and USS Ulvert M Moore (DE442) supplying her with 53 tons of FFO

7 August 1951 HMAS MURCHISON provided escort from Japan to the west coast of Korea

9 August 1951 off Inchon Approaches, Korea RASed with HMS CHARITY supplying her with 165 tons of FFO, HMS COSSACK supplying her with 188 tons of FFO, USS Wedderburn (DD684) supplying her with 113 tons of FFO and USS Naifeh (DD352) supplying her with 76 tons of FFO

12 August 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS CHARITY supplying her with 205 tons of FFO, HMS COSSACK supplying her with 205 tons of FFO, USS Wedderburn (DD684) supplying her with 146 tons of FFO, USS Naifeh (DD352) supplying her with 93 tons of FFO and HMS CONSORT supplying her with 356 tons of FFO

16 August 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS CONCORD supplying her with 220 tons of FFO, USS Wedderburn (DD684) supplying her with130 tons of FFO, HMCS CAYUGA supplying her with 307 tons of FFO and USS Naifeh (DD352) supplied with 89 tons of FFO

2 October 1951 alongside at Pulau Bukom, Singapore

14 October 1951 off Korea RASed with USS Naifeh (DE352) supplying 154 tons of FFO. USS Hanna (DE449) supplying 171 tons of FFO. HMAS Tobruk supplying 200 tons of FFO, 20 tons of fresh water and 1000 lbs of stores. Five personel also transfered .HMCS Cayuga supplying 121 tons of FFO and HMS St BRIDES BAY supplying 200 tons of FFO and mail - during this last RAS the ships courses were altered 20º to avoid a collision with an LST. RAS speed in each case 10 knots

17 October 1951 off Korea RASed with USS Naifeh (DE352) supplying 97 tons of FFO. HMCS Cayuga supplying 200 tons of FFO and 10 tons of fresh water. HMAS Tobruk supplying 280 tons of FFO, 15 tons of fresh water and HMCS Athabaskan supplying 138 tons of FFO

19 October 1951 off Korea RASed with USS Naifeh (DE352) supplying 118 tons of FFO. HNethMS Van Galen supplying 190 tons of FFO. HMCS Athabaskan supplying 145 tons of FFO and mail. HMS BELFAST supplying 835 tons of FFO, 5 tons of fresh water and 12,440 lbs of stores and USS Hanna (DE449) supplying 35 tons of FFO.

22 October 1951 off Korea RASed with HMAS SYDNEY supplying 827 tons of FFO and 91 tons of Avgas. USS Hanna (DE449) supplying 93 tons of FFO. HNethMS Van Galen supplying 190 tons of FFO. HMCS Athabaskan supplying 233 tons of FFO and HMNZS Hawea 227 tons of FFO, 25 tons of fresh water and 1900 lbs of stores

25 October 1951 off Korea RASed with HMAS SYDNEY with 74 tons of AVGAS. HNethMS Van Galen supplying 186 tons of FFO. HMCS Athabaskan supplying 114 tons of FFO. USS Hanna (DE449) supplying 100 tons of FFO and HMNZS Hawea with 114 tons of FFO

29 October 1951 off Korea RASed with USS Hanna (DE449) supplying 149 tons of FFO, USS Collett (DD730) with 222 tons of FFO. HMS COCKADE with 330 tons of FFO and HMAS TOBRUK with 260 tons of FFO 

6 November 1951 off Korea RASed with USS Hanna (DE449) supplying 137 tons of FFO, USS Bristol (DD857) with 330 tons of FFO, HMCS Sioux with 170 tons of FFO and 20 tons of fresh water, HMCS Cayuga with 220 tons of FFO and 20 tons of fresh water and HMS St BRIDES BAY.

7 November 1951 off Korea RASed with USS Collett (DD730) supplying her with 222 tons of FFO and HMS BELFAST with 1012 tons of FFO and 45 tons of fresh water

9 November 1951 off Korea RASed with HMAS SYDNEY supplying her with 967 tons of FFO, 130 tons of fresh water and 136 tons of Avgas. USS Collett (DD730) supplying her with 99 tons of FFO. HMCS Sioux with 142 tons of FFO and 15 tons of fresh water, HMNZS HaWEA with 185 tons of FFO and 30 tons of fresh water. USS Bristol (DD857) supplying 148 tons of FFO and HMCS CAYUGA with 233 tons of FFO and 13 tons of fresh water

12 November 1951 off Korea RASed with USS Bristol (DD857) supplying 162 tons of FFO USS Collett (DD730) with 165 tons of FFO.HMCS SIOUX with 175 tons of FFO and HMCS CAYUGA with 182 tons of FFO and 20 tons of fresh water

13 November 1951 off Korea RASed with HMS BELFAST supplying 730 tons of FFO and HMNZS HAWEA supplying her with 160 tons of FFO

16 November 1951 off Kure jackstay transfer with HMAS MURCHISON and RASed with HMS COCKADE supplying her with 220 tons of FFO, HMS COMUS supplying her with 260 tons of FFO, USS Bristol (DD857) supplying her with 253 tons of FFO, USS Edmonds (DE406) supplying her with 48 tons of FFO and HMCS ATHABASKAN supplying her with 234 tons of FFO

25 November 1951 off Korea RASed HMAS SYDNEY supplying 840 tons of FFO and 23,500 gallons of AVGAS. During the RAS the port after RAS derrick became bent and fractured - emergency breakaway.

26 November 1951 at Fox Anchorage refuelled HMS COMUS alongside with 368 tons of FFO

27 November 1951 at Fox Anchorage refuelled HMS CONSTANCE and USS Douglas A Munro alongside

1 December 1951 off Korea RASed with HMCS CAYUGA supplying her with 100 tons of FFO, HMAS TOBRUK supplying her with 235 tons of FFO, USS Douglas A Munro (DE442) supplying her with 193 tons of FFO and USS Edmonds (DE406) supplying her with 163 tons of FFO

31 December 1951 off Kure, Japan RASed with the Destroyers of Task Element 95.11

11 February 1952 at North Shields, River Tyne

24 March 1952 Captain Albert  E Curtain OBE RD RFA (Commander RNR Rtd) appointed as Master

3 April 1952 berthed on the River Tyne

26 July 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS OCEAN supplying her with 974 tons of FFO, 159 tons of AVGAS, together with fresh water and Naval Stores. HMS CONCORD supplying her with148 tons of FFO and USS John R Craig (DD885) supplying her with 81 tons of FFO

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HMS OCEAN off Korea in 1952

13 August 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS OCEAN supplying her with 1,112 tons FFO, 180 tons of AVGAS together with fresh water and Naval Stores. HMS CHARITY supplying her with 140 tons of FFO and USS Yarhall (DD541) supplying her with 65 tons of FFO

31 August 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS OCEAN supplying her with 1,011 tos of FFO and 195 tons of AVGAS. HMS CHARITY supplying her with 180 tons of FFO. HMCS NOOTKA supplying her with 80 tons of FFOand HNLMS Piet Hein supplying her with 80 tons of FFO

19 September 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS OCEAN supplying her with 1,177 tons of FFO and 220 tons of AVGAS. HNKMS Piet Hein aupplying her with 80 tons of FFO and HMCS IROQUOIS supplying her with 235 tons of FFO

30 September 1952 in the London Gazette of this day on page 5208 Captain Frank A Shaw RFA and Chief Engineer Officer Ronald C Putt RFA were each awarded a 'Mention in Dispatches'

25 October 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS BIRMINGHAM supplying her with 350 tons of FFO and HMS COSSACK supplying her with 225 tons of FFO

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HMS BIRMINGHAM

28 October 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS OCEAN supplying her with 926 tons of FFO and 193 tons of AVGAS, HMS CHARITY supplying her with 47 tons of FFO and USS Lyman Swenson (DD729) supplying her with 165 tons of FFO

25 November 1952 off Korea a RAS with HMAS SYDNEY and her screen had to be stopped when winds at Force 10 and gusting to Force 12 resulted in the ships having to heave-to 20 miles north of Makau

1 December 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS BIRMINGHAM supplying her with 320 tons of FFO

3 December 1952 south of Sun Wido at Paengyong Do area attempted to refuel HMS GLORY - failed due to the weather. RAS'ed with HMAS ANZAC which received 204 tons of FFO

5 December 1952 refuelled HMAS ANZAC off Taechong Do

8 December 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS NEWCASTLE supplying her with 612 tons of FFO and with HMCS CRUSADER supplying her with 290 tons of FFO

9 December 1952 refuelled HMAS ANZAC off Taechong Do

15 December 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS NEWCASTLE supplying her with 642 tons of FFO

21 December 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS GLORY supplying her with 515 tons of FFO. HMS COMUS supplying her with FFO and HMS CONSORT also supplied with FFO

23 December 1952 off Korea RASed with HMS BIRMINGHAM

1 May 1953 Mr Charles Scott DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

10 May 1953 in refit on the River Clyde at Glagow

20 May 1953 Captain Geoffrey B A Livesey RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Geoffrey B A Livesey RFA
as a Cadet with P&O in about 1920

 

22 June 1953 sailed Pembroke Dock to Glasgow in ballast

27 July 1953 awarded the Korea 1951-53 Battle Honour

31 August 1953 anchored at Taechong Do with HMAS CULGOA berthed alongside and refuelled

6 September 1953 RASed with HMS WHITESAND BAY and HMAS CULGOA off Yong Pyong Do

2 November 1953 anchored at Taechong Do with HMAS CULGOA berthed alongside and refuelled

19 January 1954 anchored at Taechong Do with HMAS MURCHISON berthed alongside and refuelled

6 February 1954 RASed with HMAS SYDNEY off Iwakuni supplying FFO and AVGAS also at Kure refuelled HMAS MURCHISON alongside

9 November 1954 Captain Leslie J Mack DSO RFA appointed as Master

12 August 1955 Mr G D J Garside RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

23 July 1956 Captain Herbert  A Shacklock RFA appointed as Master

Captain Herbert A Shacklock

Captain Herbert A Shacklock RFA

6 October 1956 while on passage from Singapore to Bangkok RASed with HMAS ANZAC

16 October 1956 while on passage from Bangkok to Saigon RASed with HMAS ANZAC - supplied 302 tons of FFO

28 November 1956 Seaman George Goldburn pleaded not guilty at Singapore Criminal Court to deserting from the ship. The case was adjourned.

December 1956 / January 1957 supply tanker to HM Royal Yacht Britannia with HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on board in the Southern Oceans

13 November 1957 ran aground on a sand bank at Batu Puteh, off Ferry Point, Changi, Singapore 14 out of her 18 tanks were holed

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Wave Chief 05

1957 to 1960 Supported Operation Grapple X - the British H-bomb test at Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean - along with 16 other RFA’s

 

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21 April 1958 at the Seaman's Club, Bombay Quartermaster Ching Ah Lee discharged dead - he died of a stroke

13 November 1958 Mr J Jones RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

18 November 1958 Captain Frank S Samson RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Frank Samson RFA

22 November 1958 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 17 December 1958

6 January 1959 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 19 January 1959

20 February 1959 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 17 March 1959

26 March 1959 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 13 April 1959

6 July 1959 Captain Phadraig Colfer RFA appointed as Master

12 July 1959 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 4 August 1959

14 September 1959 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 4 October 1959

19 November 1959 Mr Ronald C Putt MID RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

26 November 1959 sailed the River Tyne for Portland arriving the next day

1 December 1959 sailed Portland on RAS exercises returning to that port on 3 December 1959

16 December 1959 sailed Portland for Plymouth arriving 18 December 1959 - suffered main condenser leaking

5 January 1960 sailed Plymouth

7 January 1960 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 21 January 1960

23 January 1960 berthed at Rosyth

2 February 1960 sailed Rosyth for Weymouth Bay arriving the next day

5 February 1960 sailed Portland to RAS HMS ARK ROYAL returning to that port later the same day

10 February 1960 sailed Portland for the River Clyde arriving the next day

20 February 1960 sailed the River Clyde

23 February 1960 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 14 March 1960

28 March 1960 sailed from Leith Docks for Lamlash arriving 31 March 1960

5 April 1960 sailed the River Clyde to Gosport OFJ arriving 7 April 1960

12 April 1960 sailed Gosport OFJ to Leith Docks arriving 14 April 1960

4 May 1960 sailed Rosyth for Tobago arriving 18 May 1960

28 June 1960 Captain J D G Gray RFA appointed as Master

25 October 1960 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 18 November 1960

2 December 1960 Mr A C Hawk RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

23 January 1961 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 5 February 1961

1961 was commended by C in C Nore and subsequently by the Board of the Admiralty for her speedy and entirely successful assistance to the Haisborough Light Vessel which was sinking after a collision with another vessel

10 May 1961 sailed Malta for Trinidad

21 June 1961 Captain William R Town RFA appointed as Master

22 June 1961 at Devonport

9 October 1961 RASed with HMS BERMUDA

1 November 1961 RASed with HMS BERMUDA

4 December 1961 Mr J A Swallow RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 December 1961 at Glasgow

5 February 1962 involved in a collision with ss City of St Albans at Port Said

17 March 1962 berthed at Auckland, New Zealand

16 May 1962 at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

28 May 1962 at Portland Dockyard

15 October 1962 collided with the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

6 January 1963 Captain Dan de V Moulds RFA appointed as Master

25 May 1963 at Rosyth and Mr Ronald C Putt MID RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 August 1963 collided with a yacht  Micronette (?) in the English Channel

1 October 1963 at Southampton and G Thompson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

28 January 1964 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

19 February 1964 collided with a jetty at Devonport

20 August 1964 Captain P J McCarthy RFA appointed as Master

Between 24 September 1964 and 2 December 1964 RFA Wave Chief, and the HMS's TIGER, LONDON, LYNX and PENELOPE together with  HMS/m ODIN undertook a good will mission around South America and replenished all units apart from the submarine in the Magellan Straits

4 October 1964  Donkeyman Greaser Andrew Scott Higgins Pattison discharged dead - died from a heart attack

22 February 1965 Commodore (E) J A McPherson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 March 1965 Captain John D Fisher RFA appointed as Master

9 September 1965 berthed at Malta

6 November 1965 at Malta

12 January 1966 involved in a berthing incident with the ss Nevasa at Malta and Mr R J D'Souza RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 February 1966 sailed Malta

19 July 1966 Captain G E B Harcombe RFA appointed as Master

17 October 1966 at Plymouth

25 November 1966 Mr J G Yuill RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 November 1966 at Portsmouth

10 July 1967 Captain J G M Coull RFA appointed as Master

12 December 1967 suffered severe storm damage in the Mediterranean and under went repairs in Gibraltar.

25 March 1968 sailed from Punta  Arenas, Chile to meet with Sir Alec Rose and his yacht Lively Lady which sailed  around Cape Horn on 2 April 1968 during his single handed journey round the world.

24 July 1968 Captain Archibald Murchie RFA appointed as Master

22 December 1969 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

1 July 1970 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

July 1970 with HM Submarine Oberon visited Jamestown, St. Helena

1 October 1970 on passage from Freetown to Rotterdam

9 October 1970 berthed at Rotterdam loading cargo

10 October 1970 sailed Rotterdam to Portsmouth

11 October 1970 anchored in the Solent

12 October 1970 berthed alongside the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to discharge cargo

20 October 1970 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Rotterdam

23 October 1970 berthed at Rotterdam and loaded FFO

24 October 1970 sailed Rotterdam to Portland

25 October 1970 berthed at Portland and discharged cargo

26 October 1970 sailed Portland to Augusta, Sicily

2 November 1970 anchored off Augusta, Sicily 

3 November 1970 berthed Augusta, Sicily loading cargo

4 November 1970 sailed Augusta, Sicily to Malta and discharged cargo

9 November 1970 sailed Malta to Augusta, Sicily berthed and loaded cargo

11 November 1970 sailed Augusta, Sicily to Gibraltar arriving 14 November 1970

16 November 1970 berthed at Gibraltar on berths 22 and 23, North Mole to discharge

20 November 1970 sailed Gibraltar to Curacao

2 December 1970 berthed at Curacao to load cargo

3 December 1970 sailed Curacao with 7,649 tons off FFO and 2,588 tons of diesel as cargo

21 December 1970 berthed at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to discharge cargo

4 January 1971 sailed Gosport to Ponta Delgada arriving 11 January 1971

12 January 1971 sailed Ponta Delgada to Curacao 

20 January 1971 berthed at Curacao and loaded 7,788 tons of FFO and 2,472 tons of diesel as cargo

21 January 1971 sailed Curacao to Plymouth

3 February 1971 anchored in Plymouth Sound

4 February 1971 berthed at Yonderberry to discharge cargo

6 February 1971 sailed Yonderberry to Spithead and anchored

8 February 1971 moved from Spithead to Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

12 February 1971 RFA EDDYFIRTH berthed alongside to starboard

13 February 1971 RFA EDDYFIRTH sailed

15 February 1971 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Rotterdam

16 February 1971 arrived at Rotterdam and commenced loading cargo

17 February 1971 loaded 7,349 tons of FFO and 2,556 tons of diesel and sailed to Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

19 February 1971 discharged cargo ashore

22 February 1971 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Rotterdam

23 February 1971 berthed at Rotterdam and loaded cargo

24 February 1971 having loaded 6,420 tons of FFO and 2,527 tons of diesel sailed to Freetown

5 March 1971 anchored off Freetown

8 March 1971 sailed Freetown to Simonstow, Dockyard, South Africa 

19 March 1971 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, on C Wall to discharge 

22 March 1971 sailed Simonstown to Freetown 

February 1972 with HMS DANAE and HMS Achilles visited Jamestown, St. Helena

28 March 1972 arrived Malta

30 March 1972 sailed Malta to RAS HMS BULWALK off the island

9 April 1972 sailed Malta

16 June 1972 an emergency signal claiming to be from the Greek tanker Olympic Champion was received in Malta - the signal claimed the ship was sinking 120 miles east of Malta. RAF Units and Wave Chief were diverted to the scene. The signal was a hoax

28 September 1972 Captain Charles W P Sumner RFA appointed as Master

15 January 1973 Mr David Meikle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

8 to 13 March 1973 port visit to Hamburg together with HMS's TORQUAY, UNDAUNTED and PALLISER

15 to 17 March 1973 involved with RN and Icelandic Naval and Royal Air Force Units together with some trawlers in a joint search and rescue operation for an Icelandic Trawler Sjoestjarnan - no survivors found.

19 May 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 22 May 1973

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

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

10 July 1973 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 2nd Cod War until 15 July 1973

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

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

1 January 1974 at Invergordon

7 January 1974 at Cromarty alongside RFA DERWENTDALE to pump over 8,031 tons of FFO and 2,588 Diesel as cargo

10 Janary 1974 sailed Cromarty for passage to Portsmouth

12 January 1974 badly injured Cheung Tai Fat, Deck Store Keeper medivaced from the ship by RAF helicopter 55 miles east of Aberdeen on Storm Force 10 winds. Helicopter pilot subsequently awarded "Queens Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air". The injured Deck Storekeeper had broken ribs and lacerations to his face

15 January 1974 berthed at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

21 January 1974 sailed Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to Montevideo 

9 February 1974 arrived Montevideo

11 February 1974 sailed Montevideo to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

14 February 1974 anchored at Port William, Falkland Islands

19 February 1974 discharged 2,662 tons of diesel oil

20 February 1974 sailed Port William to Rio de Janerio

26 February 1974 arrived Rio de Janerio 

2 March 1974 sailed Rio de Janerio to Portsmouth arriving 27 March 1974

2 April 1974 at Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

1 July 1974 at Portland Dockyard

7 August 1974 sailed Portland to destore at Rosyth

August 1974 laid up at Rosyth

September 1974 placed on the Disposal List. The last of the WAVE Class

October 1974 offered for sale in the Times newspaper

13 November 1974 arrived at Inverkeithing, Fife for breaking up by T.W.Ward Ltd after sale for £ 208,825. Demolition did not commence until the following year as she was the outboard one of  two ships.

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