Ramped craft logistic

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RCL L106 Antwerp moored in Akrotiri harbour, Cyprus

The ramped craft logistic (RCL) is a type of landing craft operated by 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC of the Royal Logistic Corps of the British Army. From the early 1980s onwards it was deployed to replace the RPL (ramped powered lighter). One of their first roles was to provide logistical support during the setting up of the garrison in the Falkland Islands immediately after the Falklands War - this role was conducted by the two first of class, Arromanches and Antwerp. RCLs were originally procured for UK, Cyprus and Hong Kong,[1] and are now only stationed at the military port at Marchwood, near Southampton, after the two (Andalsnes and Akyab) based at the British base at Akrotiri, Cyprus were sold in 2014[2] (where they operated as 417 Troop of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC). They are slowly being withdrawn from service, as of 2015.

Vessels[edit]

There were 9 ramped craft logistic brought into service:

Name Pennant number[3] Builder[3] Ordered[3] Launched[3] In service[3] Fate
Arromanches L105 Brooke Marine, Lowestoft 18 March 1980 6 January 1981 31 July 1981
Antwerp L106 Brooke Marine, Lowestoft 18 March 1980 9 March 1981 14 August 1981 For sale November 1994[4]
Andalsnes L107 James & Stone, Brightlingsea 31 March 1983 16 March 1984 22 May 1984 For sale 2014[2]
Abbeville L108 James & Stone, Brightlingsea 31 March 1983 28 August 1984 9 November 1984 Discarded 1994[4]
Akyab L109 James & Stone, Brightlingsea 31 March 1983 20 November 1984 21 December 1984
Aachen L110 James & Stone, Brightlingsea March 1985 25 June 1986 26 January 1987
Arezzo L111 James & Stone, Brightlingsea March 1985 18 November 1986 2 March 1987 For sale 2014[5]
Agheila L112 James & Stone, Brightlingsea March 1985 27 April 1987 12 June 1987 For sale November 1994[4]
Audemer L113 James & Stone, Brightlingsea March 1985 24 June 1987 21 August 1987[4] Sold 2013.[6] As of 2015, in commercial service as Leslie Anne with Ferguson Shipping, Scotland[7]

Statistics[edit]

  • Complement 6
  • Length 33.3m
  • Beam 8.3m
  • Maximum draught (laden) 1.5m
  • Displacement (laden) 290 tonnes
  • Load capacity 96 tonnes (four 20 ft ISO shipping containers) or 65 tonnes (four fully laden 8 tonne vehicles).
  • Propulsion 2 x Dorman 8JTCWM diesel engines
  • Maximum speed (laden) 10 knots

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craftsmen of the Army: The Story of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Volumes 1969-1992 By J M Kneen, D J Sutton. Page 92
  2. ^ a b "Sale of miscellaneous surplus defence equipment in Cyprus". Ministry of Defence/Defence Equipment and Support. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Prézelin & Baker 1990, p. 743
  4. ^ a b c d Baker 1998, p. 969
  5. ^ Sale of ramped landing craft, Arezzo
  6. ^ Sale of a ramped landing craft (D/DSA/MST2/2013/03570)
  7. ^ Ferguson Transport: Leslie Anne