RFA Regent (A486)

RFA Regent A486 was an ammunition, explosives, and stores supply ship in the 'Royal Fleet Auxiliary'. She was built by Harland and Wolff,[1] commissioned in 1967 and took part in the Falklands War.

Name: RFA Regent
Ordered: 24 January 1963
Builder: Harland and Wolff[1]
Yard number: 1658[1]
Laid down: 4 September 1964
Launched: 9 March 1966
Completed: 6 June 1967[1]
Commissioned: 16 May 1967
Decommissioned: October 1992
Identification: IMO number: 6712112
Honours and
Falklands 1982
Fate: Scrapped, 1993
General characteristics
Displacement: 22,890 long tons (23,257 t) full load
Length: 195.1 m (640 ft 1 in)
Beam: 23.5 m (77 ft 1 in)
Draught: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 125 RFA + 44 RNSTS + 11 Naval Air Detachment
Aircraft carried: 1 × Wessex HU5 helicopter until April 1987

Her part in the Falklands War

After taking on stores at Glen Douglas and Plymouth, RFA Regent sailed from Plymouth on 19 April 1982, arriving in the Total Exclusion Zone...(TEZ) on 8 May. She spent much of her time with the Carrier Group, replenishing ships in the group, day and night.

Surviving at least one Exocet attack, the most publicised was on 25 May, Argentina's National Day. She was North East of East Falkland, having just taken part (or just completing) a 'Vertrep' ('Vertical Replenishment'... a helicopter stores transfer) and / or 'RAS' (Replenishment at Sea) with the 'SS Atlantic Conveyor' (with whom she had been sailing the same track with all day), when the 'Air Raid Warning Red Alarm' sounded, and the two ships took evasive action.

'RFA Regent' carried on supplying the Task Force until the third week of August, becoming one of the longest serving ships that took part in the Conflict. She eventually arrived back in the UK at (Rosyth, in Scotland) on 15 September, after 148 days at sea, and replenishing most of the ships in the RN at least once. She had sailed more than 35,000 nautical miles.

Later service

She helped with the evacuation of British nationals from Cyprus during the Turkish invasion 1974. She also took part in the first Gulf War 1991.

Regent was decommissioned on October 1992. She sailed from Devonport on 21 January 1993 under the name Shahzadelal, for the delivery run to the Indian breakers. She arrived at Alang for scrapping on 19 February 1993.


  1. McCluskie, Tom (2013). The Rise and Fall of Harland and Wolff. Stroud: The History Press. p. 170. ISBN 9780752488615.
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