RFA Sir Galahad (1987)
RFA Sir Galahad arriving in Brazil.
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Name:||RFA Sir Galahad|
|Ordered:||6 September 1984|
|Laid down:||12 May 1985|
|Launched:||13 December 1986|
|Commissioned:||25 November 1987|
|Out of service:||2007|
|Fate:||Sold to Brazil|
|Commissioned:||4 December 2007|
|Class and type:||Landing ship logistics (LSL)|
|Length:||460 ft (140 m)|
|Beam:||64 ft (20 m)|
|Draught:||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two 6600 hp (4,900 kW) Mirrlees Blackstone K9 Major Mk. II diesels; one 400 hp (300 kW) bow thruster|
|Speed:||14 knots (26 km/h) (cruising)
17 knots (31 km/h) (max)
3,440 tonnes of supplies
|Armament:||Two Oerlikon 20 mm guns;
two 7.62 mm machineguns
|Aircraft carried:||One pad aft for Westland Sea King or smaller
One pad amidships for CH-47 Chinook or smaller
RFA Sir Galahad was built by Swan Hunter and entered service in 1988. She was named and given the identical pennant number to the Sir Galahad sunk in the Falklands War. Built as a combined landing craft and ferry with two flight decks for helicopters and bow and stern doors, there was capacity for around 400 troops and 3,440 tonnes of supplies.
She was deployed in 1991 for Operation Granby and in 2003 for Operation Telic to transport supplies. In 2003 Sir Galahad transported humanitarian aid, docking in Umm Qasr Port on 28 March, 2003, after being delayed while naval mines were cleared.
She was commissioned into the Brazilian Navy as Garcia D'Avila on 4 December, 2007.
RFA Sir Galahad arrives in the Iraqi port city of Umm Qasr on 28 March 2003
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- "The end of an era for naval legend". BBC News. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
- "Brazilian Navy Takes Delivery of Garcia D'Avila Landing Ship". Deagel. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
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