RFA Retainer (A329)

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RFA EnsignUnited Kingdom
Laid down: 11 October 1948
Launched: 19 January 1950
Commissioned: July 1954
Decommissioned: April 1978
Fate: Demolished at Barcelona on 29 October 1979
General characteristics
Displacement: 14,400 tons full load
Length: 477 ft 2 in (145 m)
Beam: 62 ft 2 in (19 m)
Draught: 25 ft .75 in (8 m)
Propulsion: 6-cylinder Scott-Doxford diesel engine
Speed: 15 knots
Aircraft carried: Fitted with a small landing platform

RFA Retainer (A329) was an armament support ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

In 1959, Retainer was used with the missile trials ship HMS Girdle Ness for trials of replenishment at sea with the new Seaslug missile.[1]


  1. ^ "Seaslug transfer". RFA Nostalgia. 1959. Imperial War Museum A 34233.