Rover-class tanker

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RFA Black Rover
RFA Black Rover in Plymouth 2005.
Class overview
Builders: Swan Hunter
Operators: RFA Ensign Royal Fleet Auxiliary
 Indonesian Navy
 Portuguese Navy
Built: 1968–1974
In commission: 1970–
Completed: 5
General characteristics
Displacement: 16,160 tonnes[1]
6,692 tonnes deadweight (DWT)
Length: 461 ft (140.5 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19.2 m)
Draught: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Propulsion: 2 × SEMT-Pielstick 16 PA 4 diesls
1 × shaft
Bow thruster
15,360 hp (11.5 MW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h)
Range: 15,000 miles (24,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Capacity: 3,000 m³ of fuel
Complement: 16 officers
31 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sperry Marine Visionmaster radars and ECDIS. 1690 I band navigation radars
Electronic warfare
and 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: Helicopter deck but no hangar

The Rover class is a ship class of "Small Fleet Tanker" of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary of the United Kingdom. They are tasked with the support of naval warships by the replenishment at sea (RAS) with fuel oils and with limited supplies of other naval stores. For RAS tasking, they can refuel a vessel on either beam and a third trailing astern and have a large flight deck to allow vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with helicopters.


Name Pennant Builder Commissioned Fate
Green Rover A268 Swan Hunter, Hebburn 15 August 1969 To Indonesian Navy 1992
Grey Rover A269 Swan Hunter, Hebburn 10 April 1970 scrapped 2010
Blue Rover A270 Swan Hunter, Hebburn 15 July 1970 To Portuguese Navy 1993 as Berrio
Gold Rover A271 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 22 March 1974 In service (2015)
Black Rover A273 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 23 August 1974 In service (2015)



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