RFA Green Rover (A268)

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History
Royal Fleet Auxiliary EnsignUnited Kingdom
Ordered: January 1968
Builder: Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd
Laid down: 28 February 1968
Launched: 19 December 1968
Commissioned: 15 August 1969
Decommissioned: 1992
Fate: In service with the Indonesian Navy as Arun
History
Indonesia
Name: KRI Arun (903)
Commissioned: 1992
Fate: In service
General characteristics
Displacement: 11522 tons full load
Length: 461 ft 04 in (140.61 m)
Beam: 63 ft 02 in (19.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 00 in (7.32 m)
Propulsion: (orig) 2 x 16 cyl Ruston diesels (post 1974 )2 x 16 cyl Pielstick diesels
Speed: 19 knots
Range: 15,000 miles (24,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Capacity: 7460 cubic metres fuel oil, 600 tons aviation fuel, 70 tons lubricating oil and 362 cubic metres fresh water
Complement:
  • 16 officers
  • 31 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sperry Marine Visionmaster radars and ECDIS. 1690 I band navigation radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 2 × Corvus and 2 × Plessey Shield decoy launchers
  • Graseby Type 182 towed torpedo decoy
Armament:
  • 2 × Oerlikon 20 mm guns
  • 2 × 7.62 mm machine guns
Aircraft carried: one flight spot for a Merlin can take a Chinook no hangar facilities

RFA Green Rover (A268) was a fleet support tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Green Rover was built by Swan Hunter, Hebburn-on-Tyne, UK. She is a single hulled tanker and carries a mixture of fuel oil, aviation fuel, lubricating oil and fresh water. She was in service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary from 1969 till 1992.

Green Rover was decommissioned in 1992 from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and sold to the Indonesian Navy. She was renamed KRI Arun and in addition to providing tanker duties, also became the flagship of the Training Commander in the Indonesian fleet. She is still in service as of 2006.

Class Characteristics[edit]

The Rover class was predominantly used to transport fuel, oil, aviation fuel for services around the globe; it could also carry limited dried stores of 340 tonnes such as munitions and refrigerated goods. They were built with a flight deck large enough to accommodate two helicopters, although no hangar was fitted.

Although not big enough to support a large task group, these ships are ideal for supporting individual warships or small groups on deployment.

Operational history - RFA[edit]

1969-1980[edit]

One of Green Rover's first duties was to attend Navy Days at Chatham.

In September 1969 she towed the disabled RFA Appleleaf from the North Atlantic to Devonport.

On September 1971 she carried out deck landing trials with the new Harrier Jump Jet while was moored at Greenwich Pier on the Thames.[1]

1981-1990[edit]

Green Rover didn't see action in the Falklands Conflict.

1991-1993[edit]

In April 1992, Green Rover was purchased by her builders who then resold her to the Indonesian Navy for £6m. She was towed from Portsmouth to the Tyne renamed C to be taken in hand for a 4 month refurbishment before re-entering service for her new owners. She became the Flagship of the Training Commander.

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