Requisitioned Auxiliary – Falkefjell

  Falkefjell 

 

Official Number:                       N/R

Builder:                                    Kockums Mekaniske Verkstads Akt, Malmo

Pennant No:                    

Launched:                                31 January 1931

Into Service:                              WW2

Out of service:                          WW2

Fate:                                         5 December 1959 scrapped

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:

 

31 January 1931 launched by Kockums Mekaniske Verkstads Akt, Malmo as Yard Nr: 168 named Falkefjell for A/S Falkefjell (Olsen & Ugelstad, Managers) Oslo

April 1931 completed

25 April 1931 sailed Aruba for LEFO

13 March 1935 sailed Curaçao for Lands End

9 April 1940 was on passage from Sumatra to Australia when WW2 broke out in Norway and she was ordered to the nearest Allied port. Proceeded to Brisbane then Sydney to discharge and then started carrying oil between the Dutch East Indies and Australia.

December 1941 after Japan entered the War she was charted by the Royal Australian Navy to supply Australian and American troop transports in the Pacific, mostly around Noumea, New Caledonia and Suva in the Fiji Islands

14 December 1941 sailed Sydney, NSW independently to Brisbane arriving on 17 December 1941

2 January 1942 sailed Brisbane independently to Noumea Harbour, New Caledonia arriving on 6 January 1942

10 January 1942 sailed Noumea Harbour, New Caledonia independently to Suva, Fiji arriving on 12 January 1942

14 January 1942 sailed Suva, Fiji independently to Brisbane arriving 21 January 1942

8 February 1942 sailed Brisbane to Suva, Fiji

28 February 1942 at anchor at Noumea Harbour, New Caledonia

16 March 1942 at anchor at Noumea Harbour, New Caledonia with USS Perkins (DD377) alongside being refuelled

USS Perkins

USS Perkins (DD377)

18 March 1942 at anchor at Noumea Harbour, New Caledonia with USS Perkins (DD377) alongside being refuelled

25 March 1942 at Noumea Harbour, New Caledonia with USS Perkins (DD377) alongside being refuelled

4 April 1942 at Uvea Atoll, New Caledonia HMNZS’s LEANDER, ACHILLES and USS CHICAGO (CA29) alongside refuelling

20 April 1942 sailed Sydney, NSW independently to Los Angles arriving 25 May 1942

June 1942 was replaced by RFA Bishopdale

7 June 1942 sailed Los Angles independently to Wellington, New Zealand arriving 6 July 1942

8 July 1942 sailed Wellington, New Zealand independently to Auckland, New Zealand arriving 11 July 1942

20 July, 1942 sailed Auckland, New Zealand independently to Suva arriving 25 July 1942

27 July 1942 sailed Suva independently to Los Angles arriving 17 August 1942

4 September 1942 sailed Los Angeles independently to Sydney, NSW arriving 3 October 1942

11 October 1942 sailed Sydney, NSW in unescorted convoy GP17/1 to Brisbane arriving 14 October 1942

19 October 1942 sailed Brisbane independently to Los Angles arriving 18 November 1942

21 December 1942 sailed Los Angles independently to Sydney, NSW arriving 19 January 1943

23 January 1943 sailed Sydney, NSW joining in escorted convoy CO65 to Melbourne arriving 26 January 1943 and then independently to Abadan arriving 25 February 1943

1 March 1943 sailed Abadan independently to Bandar Abbas arriving 3 March 1943

3 March 1943 sailed Bandar Abbas in unescorted convoy PB29 to Karachi arriving 7 March 1943. RFA BROOMDALE was also in this convoy

13 March 1943 sailed Karachi in unescorted convoy BP72 to Bandar Abbas arriving 17 March 1943

17 March 1943 sailed Bandar Abbas independently to Abadan arriving the next day

22 March 1943 sailed Abadan independently to Bandar Abbas arriving the next day

29 March 1943 sailed Bandar Abbas in unescorted convoy PA31 to Aden arriving 6 April 1943

6 April 1943 sailed Aden independently to Suez arriving 12 April 1943

20 April 1943 sailed Port Said independently to Haifa arriving the next day

30 April 1943 sailed Haifa independently to Port Said arriving the next day

2 August 1943 berthed at Malta

20 August 1944 at Calvi Harbour, Corsica with USS Endicott (DD495) alongside being refuelled

21 August 1944 at Propriano Harbour with USS Satterlee (DD626) alongside being refuelled

1957 purchased by Malmo Tankrederi (C E von Seth, Manager), Malmo and renamed UARDA

October 1959 sold to ship breakers

5 December 1959 arrived Hong Kong for demolition