RFA Resource (A480)
RFA Resource was an armament stores ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
RFA Resource (A480) cruises next to HMS Eagle (R05), during "Operation Peacekeeper" on 24 September 1969.
|Ordered:||24 January 1963|
|Laid down:||19 June 1964|
|Launched:||11 February 1966|
|Commissioned:||6 June 1967|
|Decommissioned:||1 May 1997|
|Renamed:||Resourceful in 1997|
|Falkland Islands 1982. Kuwait 1991.|
|Fate:||Scrapped at Alang in 1997|
|Class and type:||Regent-class armament stores ship|
|Displacement:||22,890 tons full load|
|Length:||640 ft 1 in (195.10 m)|
|Beam:||77 ft 1.25 in (23.50 m)|
|Draught:||26 ft 3 in (8.00 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × Wessex 5 helicopter|
|Aviation facilities:||Landing platform capable of landing several different classes of helicopter|
RFA Resource was one of several RFA munitions replenishment ships certified to store and supply the fleet with munitions, including WE.177A live nuclear weapons. Other ships capable of carrying (stored in deep magazines) or deploying these weapons were HMS Hermes, HMS Invincible, HMS Broadsword and HMS Brilliant, they were transferred to various Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships with their specialist magazines. This was initially RFA Regent, and when RFA Resource exited San Carlos, they were transferred to her, and then to RFA Fort Austin. After the end of the conflict they were transported back to Britain aboard RFA Fort Austin and RFA Resource. Inert practice weapons and surveillance weapons without fissionable material were also transported.
One of Resource's last duties before being decommissioned was to serve as a floating munitions storage for UN and IFOR troops in the former Yugoslavia. She spent much of the mid 1990s in Split, Croatia, fulfilling this role.
Decommissioning and scrapping
- Guardian Article mentioning RFA Resource - http://www.guardian.co.uk/falklands/story/0,,657867,00.html
- Images of RFA Resource and a Wessex Helicopter - http://www.john.fotoblog.org.uk/p14552235.html
- Images and information about RFA Resource and sister ship Regent - https://web.archive.org/web/20061212183624/http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/Feature/rfa/pics2.htm
- Hansard entry mentioning final fate of RFA Resource - https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmhansrd/vo030227/text/30227w04.htm
- Falklands day by day from Royal Navy - http://www.navynews.co.uk/falklands/day_april.asp