Thursday, 26 June 2008


One of the Royal Fleet Auxilary tankers arrived at Loch Striven yesterday morning, and sailed again this afternoon. BAYLEAF, which was built in 1982 by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead, started life as a merchant ship named HUDSON SOUND but was completed as a fleet support tanker at the time of the Falklands War. Based on the Stat 32 design, she was originally operated by the RFA on charter, but was later purchased by the Ministry of Defence. Of 33,000 tonnes deadweight, BAYLEAF is capable of performing replenishment at sea (RAS) and refuelling warships both steaming alongside, and astern. She is 170.7 metres in length, and has a complement of 56. She is lightly armed with two Oerlikon 20mm guns and four 7.62mm machine guns.


Anonymous said...

Wondered if you would be along there at one of my favoured spots ;-)
Nice pic as always.

Gerard Ward said...

very atmospheric,enjoyed all your pics of the sail boats,a pleasant change.