She was launched on 29 March 1960. She displaced 26,480 tons, with a length of 560 feet, a beam of 72 feet 1 inch and a draught of 30 feet 1⁄4 inch. Her 1 x 6-cylinder Doxford diesel gave the ship a top speed of 15 knots. She saw service during the Falklands War. Plumleaf was decommissioned in 1986, arriving at Kaohsiung for demolition on 17 December 1986. Prior to being sent for demolition, RFA Plumleaf spent time in Gibraltar being made ready for handover.