RFA Brambleleaf (A81)

RFA Brambleleaf (A81) was a Leaf-class support tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. She should not be confused with the support/freighting tanker RFA Brambleleaf of 1959, also with the pennant number A81. Originally built as MV Hudson Deep she was chartered by the Ministry of Defence in 1980.

RFA Brambleleaf (A81) at Portsmouth Harbour
Name: RFA Brambleleaf
Ordered: 30 April 1973
Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Laid down: 23 July 1974
Launched: 22 January 1976
Commissioned: 20 February 1980
Out of service: September 2007
Identification: IMO number: 7342029
Honours and
Falklands 1982, Al Faw 2003
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Leaf-class tanker
Displacement: 40,870 t (40,225 long tons) full load
Length: 170.7 m (560 ft 0 in)
Beam: 25.9 m (85 ft 0 in)
Draught: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 2 Crossley-Pielsticks pc 2 v14 on one shaft
Speed: 15 knots (17 mph; 28 km/h)
Complement: 56 RFA

Operational history

In April 1982, Brambleleaf was diverted from Armilla Patrol duties in the Persian Gulf for service during the Falklands Conflict.[1] Due to damage sustained due to severe weather, Brambleleaf transferred her cargo to RFA Tidespring off South Georgia and returned to the UK for repairs during May prior to returning to the South Atlantic in June, and again in August.

On 18 November 1983, Brambleleaf sailed along with the assault ship HMS Fearless to support Operation Offcut, providing naval support for British troops in the multi-national force in the Lebanon.

In 2003, Brambleleaf was one of 13 RFA ships deployed in support of the second Gulf War.

On 18 August 2009 she was towed to Ghent for scrapping.


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