NRP Bérrio (A5210)

NRP Bérrio (A5210) is a fleet support tanker of the Portuguese Navy. She was built by Swan Hunter in 1969 at Hebburn, England as the RFA Blue Rover (A270) of the Rover-class and from 1970 to 1993 was part of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary. In 1982 during her British service she participated in the Falklands War.[1]

The NRP Bérrio, 2007.
United Kingdom
Name: RFA Blue Rover (A270)
Ordered: January 1968
Laid down: 30 December 1968
Launched: 11 November 1969
Commissioned: 15 July 1970
Decommissioned: 23 February 1993
Fate: Purchased by the Portuguese Navy and renamed NRP Bérrio on 31 March 1993
Name: NRP Bérrio
Namesake: Caravel Bérrio
Acquired: 31 March 1993
Homeport: Lisbon Naval Base
Status: 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 Peilstick diesels
Speed: 19 knots
Range: 15,000 miles (24,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Capacity: 3,000 m³ of fuel
  • 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
  • 2 × Oerlikon 20 mm guns
  • 2 × 7.62 mm machine guns
Aircraft carried: Helicopter deck but no hangar
Aviation facilities: Helipad for Super Lynx Mk.95 in Portuguese service and Westland Sea King in RFA service

In 1993, she was sold to the Portuguese Navy who renamed herBérrio. She participated in Operation Crocodile (Operação Crocodilo) in 1998, as part of the Portuguese naval task force that rescued foreign nationals caught up in the civil conflicts in Guinea-Bissau and then supported the mediators of the CPLP in the peace talks between the parties in the conflict.[1]


  1. "RFA Blue Rover". Historical RFA. Retrieved 8 November 2019.

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