On this day in December

Since the creation of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1905 the ships of the Service have, during the month of December –

On this day –

 

01-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1923 RFA War Nizam grounded off Hull. The Master was held to blame

02-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1960 RFA Wave Ruler (1) supported British warships during 1st Cod War off Iceland

03-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1970 RFA Rowanol was reduced to a hulk at Devonport

04-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1925 RFA War Bharata at Singapore was in collision with ss Kuala

04-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1941 RFA Green Ranger was completed

05-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1945 RFA Ennerdale (1) sailed into a minefield in the Malacca Straits and was damaged

06-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1919 RFA War Sirdar was launched

07-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1937 RFA War Sepoy was in collision with another vessel when entering Singapore

07-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1949 RFA William Scoresby entered RFA service

08-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1971 RFA Robert Dundas was laid up at Chatham Dockyard

09-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1959 RFA Dingledale was sold out of service to commercial interests

10-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1900 RFA Industry (1) was launched at Govan

11-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1923 RFA War Brahmin off Sierra Leone was in collision with HMS’s Danae and Delhi

11-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1939 RFA Dingledale was laid down at Govan

12-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1940 RFA Brown Ranger was launched

13-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1986 RFA Sir Galahad (2) was launched at Wallsend

14-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1944 RFA Bishopdale at Leyte Gulf was hit by a crashing Japanese aircraft. Two of the ships crew were killed

15-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1916 RFA Polavon at Hong Kong caught fire and suffered serious damage

15-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1947 RFA Appleleaf (1) arrived at Troon for demolition by the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Industry Ltd.

16-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1917 RFA Hungerford was attacked by a submarine which fired 2 torpedoes – both of which missed

16-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1944 RFA War Diwan was mined and sank in the River Scheldt en route to Antwerp. Four of the crew were killed

17-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1962 RRS Discovery was manned by RFA officers

18-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1941 RFA Easedale was launched at Haverton Hill

18-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1951 RFA Wave Ruler (1) rammed the pier head at Queens Dock, Glasgow

18-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1969 RFA Discovery ceased to be manned by RFA officers

19-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1941 RFA Ebonol (1) was scuttled to avoid capture at Hong Kong. The crew were taken as prisoners of war

20-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1940 RFA Eaglesdale was laid down at Haverton Hill

21-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1931 RFA’s Dredgol and Fortol were laid up at Rosyth

22-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1942 RFA Airsprite was launched at Glasgow

22-Dec

 

 

On this day in 2014 RFA Tidespring (2) was laid down at the DSME yard at Okpo-dong, South Korea

23-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1959 RFA Dewdale (1) arrived at Antwerp for demolition

24-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1917 RFA Elmleaf was torpedoed & damaged 27 miles WSW of Cape Wrath. There were no fatalities

24-Dec

 

 

On this day in 2015 RFA Tideforce laid down at the DSME yard at Okpo-dong, South Korea

25-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1969 RFA Wave Duke arrived at Bilbao, Spain for demolition

26-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1939 RFA Denbydale was laid down at Scotstun

27-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1923 RFA British Lantern was damaged while refueling HMS Hood at Cape Town, South Africa

28-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1936 RFA Abbeydale was launched at Wallsend

29-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1919 RFA War Pindari was launched at Lithgow, Port Glasgow

29-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1936 RFA Broomdale was laid down at Harland & Wolff, Govan

29-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1939 RFA Dewdale (1) was laid down at Birkenhead

30-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1916 RFA Aspenleaf was mined and damaged off the Owers Lightship in the English Channel. There were no fatalities

31-Dec

 

 

On this day in 1946 RFA War Krishna was laid up at Trincomalee, Ceylon