RFA Olwen (A122)

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RFA Olwen in the 1980s
RFA Ensign
Name: RFA Olwen
Ordered: 4 February 1963
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie and Company
Yard number: 755
Laid down: 11 July 1963
Launched: 10 July 1964, as Olynthus
Commissioned: 21 June 1965
Decommissioned: 1999
Renamed: Olwen, 5 August 1967
  • Renamed Kea in May 2001.
  • Arrived Alang for demolition 21 July 2001.
Badge: Olwen crest.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Ol class tanker
Displacement: 33,240 long tons (33,773 t) full load
Length: 648 ft (198 m)
Beam: 84 ft 2 in (25.65 m)
Draught: 34 ft (410 in)
Propulsion: Pametrada steam turbines, double reduction geared
Speed: 21 knots (24 mph; 39 km/h)
Range: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km) at 16 kn (18 mph; 30 km/h)
  • 88 RFA
  • 40 RN
  • 2× 20 mm guns
  • Chaff launchers
Aircraft carried: Westland Wessex or Westland Sea King helicopters

RFA Olwen (A122) was an Ol-class "fast fleet tanker" of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

The lead ship of her class, and launched in 1964 as RFA Olynthus, the second ship to bear this name, she was renamed Olwen in 1967 to avoid confusion with HMS Olympus.

Operational history[edit]


In November and December 1970 Olwen was involved in Operation Burlap giving humanitarian assistance to East Pakistan after a cyclone caused extensive damage and flooding.[1]


In the Second Cod War, Olwen supported Royal Navy ships three times.[1]


She was decommissioned in 1999 and laid up at Portsmouth, before being broken up at Alang, India in 2001.


  1. ^ a b "RFA Olwen(1)". Historical RFA. Retrieved 2 August 2017.