29 Sep '15, 11am

Royal Fleet Auxiliary bids farewell to RFA Orangeleaf on Wednesday 30 September

It is with a heavy heart that the Royal Fleet Auxiliary says goodbye to an old friend. Captain Duncan Lamb Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Orangeleaf was one of four original Leaf Class tankers – together with Appleleaf, Brambleleaf and Bayleaf – with RFA Oakleaf chartered later, but which differed considerably. Built originally for commercial owners, the ships were chartered by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and fitted with accommodation and replenishment-at-sea capabilities. Two years before she was formally renamed and chartered by the MOD, RFA Orangeleaf sailed from Portsmouth for the Falklands Conflict after being requisitioned for service under Operation Corporate. In 1990 she supported the Type 42 destroyer HMS York following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and was awarded the battle honour in 1991 along with a further ten RFA ships. A year later RFA Orangeleaf supported HMS ...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news...

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