HMS Redpole (P259)
|Operator:||Royal Air Force Marine Branch|
|Ordered:||26 March 1973|
|Laid down:||29 July 1974|
|Launched:||20 September 1974|
|Commissioned:||25 March 1975|
|Out of service:||1985|
|Fate:||Transferred to Royal Navy|
|Out of service:||1994|
|Status:||Sold in 2000 and renamed MV Badtz Maru|
|Class and type:||Bird-class patrol vessel|
|Displacement:||159 long tons (162 t)|
|Length:||120 ft (37 m) o/a|
|Beam:||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Draught:||6.5 ft (2.0 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two diesel engines, one to each shaft, all giving 4,000 brake horsepower (3,000 kW)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Range:||2,200 nautical miles (4,100 km; 2,500 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
HMS Redpole (P259) was built in 1970 by Fairmile Marine at Berwick-upon-Tweed as RAFV Sea Otter, the third Seal class Long Range Recovery and Support Craft of the Royal Air Force Marine Branch. The Seal class was similar to the Bird-class patrol vessels of the British Royal Navy. .
In anticipation of the disbandment of the RAF Marine Branch in 1986, Sea Otter was transferred to the Royal Navy on 30 October 1984, and at Brooke Marine, Lowestoft she was refitted - given armaments, a light grey livery, enclosed wheelhouse and extended bridge wings, and modified several times over the years to help her in her role patrolling Northern Ireland.
The ship was sold in 1996, and spent four years tied up in Southampton. The ship was sold again in 2000 to a founder of Digex, renamed RV Badtz Maru (after Bad Badtz-Maru), and moved to Baltimore, Maryland.
- "Seal Class Long Range Recovery and Support Craft". Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- Cocker, Maurice (2006). Coastal Forces Vessels of the Royal Navy from 1865. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. p. 241. ISBN 075243862X.
- Kahney, Leander (November 2, 2002). "All Aboard! (But No PCs Allowed)". Wired Magazine. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
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