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RFA Green Rover (A268)

History
Royal Fleet Auxiliary EnsignUnited Kingdom
Ordered: January 1968
Builder: Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd
Laid down: 28 February 1968
Launched: 19 December 1968
Commissioned: 15 August 1969
Decommissioned: 1992
Identification:IMO number6923034
Fate: In service with the Indonesian Navy as Arun
Indonesia
Name: KRI Arun (903)
Commissioned: 1992
Identification:IMO number6923034
Fate: In service
General characteristics
Displacement: 11522 tons full load
Length: 461 ft 04 in (140.61 m)
Beam: 63 ft 02 in (19.25 m)
Draught: 24 ft 00 in (7.32 m)
Propulsion: (orig) 2 x 16 cyl Ruston diesels (post 1974 )2 x 16 cyl Pielstick diesels
Speed: 19 knots
Range: 15,000 miles (24,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Capacity: 7460 cubic metres fuel oil, 600 tons aviation fuel, 70 tons lubricating oil and 362 cubic metres fresh water
Complement:
  • 16 officers
  • 31 ratings
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sperry Marine Visionmaster radars and ECDIS. 1690 I band navigation radars
Electronic warfare
& 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: one flight spot for a Merlin can take a Chinook no hangar facilities

RFA Green Rover (A268) was a Rover-class fleet support tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders on the River Tyne, UK and completed in 1969. After decommissioning in 1992 she was sold to the Indonesian Navy and renamed KRI Arun (903)

Design and construction

The Rover class were single hulled tankers, designed to carry a mixture of fuel oil, aviation fuel, lubricating oil and fresh water supply for services around the globe; they could also carry limited dried stores of 340 tonnes such as munitions and refrigerated goods. They were built with a flight deck large enough to accommodate two helicopters, although no hangar was fitted. Although not big enough to support a large task group, these ships are ideal for supporting individual warships or small groups on deployment.

The keel of Green Rover was laid at Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd's Hebburn yard on the River Tyne, UK on 28 February 1968, she was launched on 19 December the same year, and completed on 15 August 1969.[1] She was in service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary from 1969 until 1992.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary service

One of Green Rover's first duties was to attend Navy Days at Chatham. In September 1969 she towed the disabled RFA Appleleaf from the North Atlantic to Devonport.

On September 1971 she carried out deck landing trials with the new Harrier Jump Jet while was moored at Greenwich Pier on the Thames.[2]

Green Rover was decommissioned in 1992 from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Indonesian Navy service

In April 1992 the ship was purchased by her builders who then resold her to the Indonesian Navy for £6 million. She was towed from Portsmouth to the Tyne renamed C to be taken in hand for a 4-month refurbishment before re-entering service for her new owners. Commissioned as KRI Arun (903), in addition to providing tanker duties, she also became the flagship of the Training Command in the Indonesian fleet. She is still in service as of 2018.

On 19 March 2018 Arun took on a severe list during a replenishment operation off Ujung, Surabaya. The exercise was cancelled and she was towed to naval facilities at Surabaya for tehnical examination.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Green Rover (6923034)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ [www.historicalrfa.org]
  3. ^ Rahmat, Ridzwan (21 March 2018). "Indonesian Navy Rover-class tanker lists after failed replenishment operation". Jane's 360. IHS. Retrieved 29 March 2018.