RFA Diligence

RFA Diligence

Originally uploaded by dalyhistory2010

RFA Diligence is oe of those unglamorous and unsung, but incredibly hardworking and vital ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Originally launched as a civilian oil-rig support ship, she was requisitioned as a repair ship during the 1982 Falklands War and afterwards was purchased for the RFA and renamed Diligence.

During her career she has acted as a repair ship, a minesweeper tender and also a submarine support ship. She has spent long periods at sea all around the world, including a 5 year deployment only a couple of years ago.

As well as being able to support divers, she has several substantial cranes, a large helicopter pad and a unique steering control system that allows her to move in all four directions, and position herself to within an accuracy of inches.

She’s just finished a refit at Birkenhead, and shes seen here entering Portsmouth Harbour last week.



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18 responses to “RFA Diligence

  1. Jed

    Old ships ! Best accommodation I ever had, me and another RO1(T) got to share a cabin, just two bunks, a desk and big lockers – sodding luxury !!

  2. James Daly

    She looks quite top heavy Jed, what was she like as a seakeeper?

  3. Old, but still going strong!

  4. James Daly

    Interesting how in Diligence and Argus we have 2 ex-commercials who have outlasted all of the Falklands warships!

  5. Richard Caven

    Richard Caven Had 5 months on this girl, April to September 1985 in the Falklands. Anchored off in San Carlos Bay.Royal Navy attachment . Agree best accomodation i had as a MEM in the Royal Navy. Good memories and good ships company.

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