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
|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|
|Falklands 1982, Al Faw 2003|
|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)|
In April 1982, Brambleleaf was diverted from Armilla Patrol duties in the Persian Gulf for service during the Falklands Conflict. 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.
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.