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.