Eddy-class coastal tanker (1953)

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Class overview
Name: Eddy class
Operators: RFA Ensign Royal Fleet Auxiliary
In commission: 1951–1981
Planned: 10
Completed: 8
Cancelled: 2
Retired: 8
General characteristics
Type: Coastal tanker
Tonnage: 2,200 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 286 ft 5 in (87.3 m)
Beam: 46 ft 4 in (14.1 m)
Draft: 17 ft 3.5 in (5.3 m)
Propulsion: 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engine
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)

The Eddy-class coastal tankers were Royal Fleet Auxiliary Replenishment oilers built from 1951–1953 tasked with transporting and providing fuel and other liquids to Royal Navy vessels and stations around the world. There were originally ten ships planned in the class, although the final two were cancelled in 1952. Originally designed to act as fleet attendant oilers, in this role the ships were obsolete almost as soon as they were built due to the increasing prevalence of replenishment at sea, and their role was refocused to coastal transport duties.

Most of the class had relatively short service careers, although Eddyfirth remained in service until 1981. Several of the vessels were based at Gibraltar in the Mediterranean for most of their service years.

Ships[edit]

Name Pennant Builder Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
Eddybeach A132 20 March 1950 24 May 1951 8 December 1951 27 May 1962
Eddybay A107 23 March 1951 29 November 1951 25 April 1952 9 November 1962
Eddycliff A190 25 August 1952 10 February 1953 August 1963
Eddycreek A258 19 January 1953 11 September 1953 25 July 1960
Eddyrock A198 16 December 1952 7 June 1953 March 1967
Eddyreef A202 Caledon Shipbuilding Co., Dundee 28 May 1953 23 October 1953 1958
Eddyfirth A261 28 April 1952 10 September 1953 25 April 1954 April 1981
Eddyness A295 22 October 1953 11 October 1954 29 January 1963
Eddycove cancelled 1952
Eddymull

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