On this day in February

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

 

On this day – 

01-Feb

 

On this day in 1947 RFA Ennerdale (1) was in collision with an unknown vessel 3 miles south of Plymouth Breakwater

02-Feb

 

On this day in 1938 RFA War Bahadur became a fuel hulk at Devonport

03-Feb

 

On this day in 1943 RFA Thermol was in collision with HMS Millbrook

04-Feb

 

On this day in 1917 RFA Palmleaf was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic 240 miles west of the Fastnet Rock

05-Feb

 

On this day in 1972 RFA Wave Baron was placed on the disposal list and offered for sale ‘as lying’ in the Times newspaper

06-Feb

 

On this day in 1919 RFA War Sepoy was completed

07-Feb

 

On this day in 1918 RFA Creosol was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea with the loss of two of her crew

07-Feb

 

On this day in 1953 RFA Rippledyke provided motor spirit to Sheerness, Kent after severe flooding

08-Feb

 

On this day in 1970 RFA Empire Gull entered RFA service

08-Feb

 

On this day in 1975 RFA Brown Ranger was offered for sale in the Times newspaper

09-Feb

 

On this day in 1944 RFA Wave Liberator was launched as Empire Milner at Furness Shipbuilding Co., Haverton Hill

09-Feb

 

On this day in 2001 RFA Wave Ruler (2) was launched at Govan

10-Feb

 

On this day in 1929 RFA War Sepoy at Tilbury the ship was fumigated with hydrocyanic acid gas to kill rats

10-Feb

 

On this day in 1953 RFA Eddycliff was completed

11-Feb

 

On this day in 1941 RFA Nasprite entered RFA service

11-Feb

 

On this day in 1998 RFA Orangeleaf (3) was ordered to stand by off Sierra Leone together with HMS Monmouth as part of Operation Resilient – to provide humanitarian assistance during Civil War in the Region

11-Feb

 

On the day in 1984 RFA Reliant (3) received 528 civilians evacuated from the British Embassy in West Beirut during 56 helicopter landings on the ship

12-Feb

 

On this day in 1942 RFA Easedale entered service

12-Feb

 

On this day in 1959 RFA Surf Patrol was grounded in the Firth of Clyde when outbound to the West Indies

13-Feb

 

On this day in 1927 RFA Oleander (1) in the English Channel in thick fog was in collision with RMS Nebraska. The RFA was extensively damaged

13-Feb

 

On this day in 1955 RFA Robert Middleton at Chatham Dockyard was in collision in with HMS MMS 2004

14-Feb

 

On this day in 1927 RFA Scotol was involved in the salvage of ss Beechwood – crew received salvage money

14-Feb

 

On this day in 1944 RFA Empire Salvage was damaged by USS Brooklyn when oiling alongside in a heavy swell in the Naples area

15-Feb

 

On this day in 1966 RFA Empire Demon, a tug, while under tow en-route to ship breakers at Passage West, Eire.  Put into Dublin for stores and water. The crew deserted. She was re-sold to a local ship breaker

16-Feb

 

On this day in 1942 RFA Ruthenia, as a fuel hulk, was scuttled to avoid capture at Singapore. There were no fatalities.She was subsequently raised and renamed Choran Maru by the Japanese forces

17-Feb

 

On this day in 1927 RFA Cherryleaf (1) was in collision with the Upwey Grange at the mouth of the Thames. Both ships suffered damage

17-Feb

 

On this day in 1951 RFA Fort Duquesne, a store carrier, conducted helicopter trials in the Portland / Plymouth sea areas

18-Feb

 

On this day in 1954 RFA Fort Dunvegan arrived at Portsmouth Dockyard with six Gibraltar apes as part of its cargo for onward transportation to Belfast Zoo

18-Feb

 

On this day in 2008 RFA Sir Bedivere left RFA service having been sold to the Brazilian Navy

19-Feb

 

On this day in 1946 RFA Wave Baron was launched at Furness Shipbuilding Co., Haverton Hill

19-Feb

 

On this day in 1979 RFA Retainer arrived at Barcelona under tow to be broken up

20-Feb

 

On this day in 1928 RFA Maine (3), during a storm, broke her moorings in Grand Harbour, Malta and ran aground

21-Feb

 

On this day in 1916 RFA Viscol was launched at Stockton

22-Feb

 

On this day in 1943 RFA War Krishna was in collision with Dutch ship mv Macoma causing slight damage

22-Feb

 

On this day in 2012 RFA Tidespring (2) was ordered by the Admiralty from DSME, Okpo-dong, South Korea

23-Feb

 

On this day in 1918 RFA Birchleaf was torpedoed and damaged off Orkney, Scotland. Three of the crew were killed.

24-Feb

 

On this day in 1959 RFA Petrobus arrived at Grays, Essex for demolition

25-Feb

 

On this day in 1942 RFA War Sirdar was bombed and damaged at Batavia. There were no losses

26-Feb

 

On this day in 1934 RFA Perthshire was sold to be broken up

27-Feb

 

On this day in 1917 the former RFA Polavon was captured by the German Auxiliary Cruiser Wolf in the Indian Ocean

28-Feb

 

On this day in 1945 RFA War Nawab was in collision with Norwegian ship ss Idefjord

28-Feb

 

On this day in 1946 RFA Wave Sovereign entered RFA service

28-Feb

 

On this day in 1967 RFA Tarbatness was launched at Wallsend on Tyne

28-Feb

 

On this day in 1980 RFA Empire Gull was sold for scrapping in Spain

29-Feb

 

On this day in 1952 RFA’s  Retainer and Resurgent were purchased by the Admiralty from commercial interests