RFA Sir Geraint (L3027)
|Builder:||Alexander Stephen and Sons|
|Laid down:||June 1965|
|Launched:||26 January 1967|
|Commissioned:||12 July 1967|
|Decommissioned:||1 May 2003|
|Identification:||IMO number: 6707894|
|Fate:||Sold commercially and renamed Sir G in July 2005. Scrapped in India in December 2005|
|Class and type:||Round Table class LSL|
|Length:||412 ft (126 m)|
|Beam:||60 ft (18 m)|
|Draught:||13 ft (4.0 m)|
|Range:||9,200 miles at 15 knots|
|Complement:||68 crew, up to 340 passengers|
|Armament:||Two 40 mm Bofors AA guns.|
|Aircraft carried:||Up to 20 Wessex helicopters (1973)|
The ship was originally built for army service, and was taken over by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1970. Round Table class ships were exclusively manned by Hong Kong Chinese sailors from their introduction in 1963 until 1989, when Sir Lancelot was the last RFA to be crewed in this way. Like all of her class, Sir Geraint was named after a Knight of the Round Table.
Sir Geraint first saw combat in the Falklands War of 1982, when along with all of the Royal Navy's other amphibious ships, she was sent to recapture the Falkland Islands from an Argentine occupation force. At the start of the war, the ship was at Devonport and after the embarkation of 450 Royal Marines and 3 Gazelle helicopters, she left for Ascension Island. The ship anchored in San Carlos Water, Fitzroy Sound and Teal Inlet, discharging fuel and cargo.
In Operation Palliser, the ship was sent to Sierra Leone in 2000 when the U.K. intervened there. 11 September 1978 the Sir Geraint sailed out of Alexandra dock Liverpool en route to Belfast carrying 13 platoon Somme company 1st Battalion Kings Own Royal Border Regiment a Detachment from the RAF and another Detachment (unit not disclosed).
Sir Geraint was listed for disposal in May 2003 and was reported broken up in India in December 2005.
- Raymond Blackman, Ships of the Royal Navy (Macdonald and Jane's, London, 1973)