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RFA Tidespring Ship Plaque
Some details and history of this ship:
Official Number: 304379
Into Service: 18 January 1963
Items of historic interest involving this ship: -
Background Data: Authorised under the 1961/62 Navy Estimates, the 2 ships in this Class were developed from the original TIDE CLASS and were highly specialised ships for fuelling and storing naval vessels at sea and were capable of high performance under rigorous service conditions. Their capability was further enhanced as they were the first front-line RFA’s to have a single-spot 50 ft x 70 ft helicopter flight deck and full hangar arrangements incorporated into their design.
30 March 1982 sailed Gibraltar and was diverted south for Operation Corporate - the Falklands Conflict. Was part of TG 317.8 / 1 - the Main Battle Group - consisting of the County-class destroyers HM ships ANTRIM and GLAMORGAN, the Type 42 destroyers HM ship COVENTRY, GLASGOW and SHEFFIELD, the Type 22 frigate HMS BRILLIANT ,the Type 21 frigate HMS ARROW and the Rothesay class frigate HMS PLYMOUTH.
10 April 1982 Arrived Ascension Island in company with the destroyer HMS ANTRIM and the frigate HMS PLYMOUTH and a small Task Group to retake South Georgia was formed.
11 April 1982 Sailed Ascension Island with 2 x Wessex 5 helicopters from “C” Flight 845 NAS and 87 marines from “M” Company 42 Commando embarked in company with the destroyer HMS ANTRIM and the frigate HMS PLYMOUTH
13 April 1982 Rendezvoused with RFA FORT AUSTIN to embark a full RN surgical support unit for the South Georgia Task Force
14 April 1982 Rendezvoused with the Ice Patrol Ship HMS ENDURANCE and improvised a method to refuel her as she was not equipped to refuel at sea . The whole Group then proceeded to South Georgia
16 April 1982 RASed with HMS ANTRIM
17 April 1982 Entered the TEZ (Total Exclusion Zone) around the Falkland Islands
21 April 1982 Operation Paraquat commenced and Special Forces from the ship landed on Fortuna Glacier
22 April 1982 two helicopters operating from Tidespring crashed one on lift off, the other when returning to the ship with troops on board
1982, the above unofficial badge was presented to the senior pilot of 'C' flight 845 NAS by his maintainance crew, after the loss of the two Wessex HU 5's whilst attempting to extract special forces from Fortuna Glacier in South Georgia
23 April 1982 rendezvoused with RFA BRAMBLELEAF(3) for a much-needed pump over about 100 miles off South Georgia. This had to be aborted owing to a threat from the Argentinian submarine SANTA FE
24 April 1982 completed the pumpover
26 April 1982 anchored in Cumberland Bay to unload her cargo of Royal Marines and ammunition then spent the night at sea
27 April 1982 returned to Cumberland Bay and embarked 187 PoW’s and Argentinian / Uruguayan civilians.after the recapture of South Georgia 2 days earlier
1 May 1982 Sailed South Georgia to rendezvous with the Main Task Force enroute to Ascension Island in company with the destroyer HMS ANTRIM
7 May 1982 Rendezvoused with and helped to refuel the main body of the amphibious assault vessels, then proceeded northwards accompanied by the frigate HMS ANTELOPE
12 May 1982 arrived Ascension Island with 153 PoW’s, 32 Argentinian and 2 Uruguyan civilians
15 May 1982 replenished HMS/M Onyx alongside at Ascension Island with fuel, distilled water and naval stores
16 May 1982 sailed Ascension Island with 2 new Wessex helicopters embarked, escorted by the frigate HMS ANTELOPE, to rejoin the main Carrier Task Group
12 June 1982 One of her replacement Wessex helicopters was onboard the destroyer HMS GLAMORGAN when she was hit by an Exocet missile and the helicopter was destroyed in the explosion.
23 July 1982 Arrived back U.K. on completion of Operation Corporate duties
17 August 1982 4th Engineer Officer Henry Lobo RFA discharged dead
1 February 1983 to 4 February 1983 with the frigate HMS ARIADNE she was in Operation Matchstick - a very low key operation to destroy the base on the island of Thule in the South Atlantic
17 July 1984 Captain Anthony Pitt DSC RFA appointed in command
4 October 1984 was awarded the Falkland Islands 1982 Battle Honour at Gosport by Captain C.G. Butterworth RFA CMS - her only Battle Honour as she was the first ship with her name
1989 was awarded an inscribed plaque from the General Council of British Shipping to commemorate her service on Armilla Patrol between November 1986 and 20 August 1988 when the “Accompanying Policy” was in force. Other recipients were RFA’s APPLELEAF(3), BRAMBLELEAF(3), DILIGENCE, OLNA (3) and ORANGELEAF(3).
May 1990 In Operation Eldorado - standing by off the coast of Monrovia to assist with any evacuation during the Civil War there supporting the frigate HMS BROADSWORD
August 1991 along with the frigate HMS LONDON was scheduled to visit Soviet Arctic ports to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Operation Dervish - the supply convoy to Murmansk and Archangel - but the visits were cancelled owing to the coup in the Soviet Union.
6 December 1991 arrived at Portsmouth to destore for disposal.
18 December 1991 laid up at Z Moorings at Portsmouth on the Disposal List. During her career she had steamed a total of 1,270,388 nautical miles
20 March 1992 towed out of Portsmouth enroute to the ship breakers
2 July 1992 arrived at Arlang, India to be broken up by Incom Shiptrade.
20 July 1992 breaking up began
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