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RFA Gold Rover (A271)
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RFA Gold Rover (A271) leaving Plymouth Sound
Career (UK)
Name: RFA Gold Rover
Ordered: November 1971
Builder: Swan Hunter, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Launched: 7 March 1973
Commissioned: 22 March 1974
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Class & type: Rover Class
Displacement: 11522 tons full load
Length: 461 ft 04 in (140.61 m)
Beam: 63 ft 02 in (19.25 m)
Draught: 23 ft 11 in (7.29 m)
Installed power: 15,300 shp
Propulsion: 2 x 16 cyl Pielstick diesels
Speed: 19 knots
Range: 15,000 miles (24,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Endurance: 8,000 nautical miles
Capacity: 3,000 m³ of fuel
  • 16 officers
  • 31 ratings
Crew: 60+
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sperry Marine Visionmaster radars and ECDIS. 1690 I band navigation radars
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 2 × Corvus and 2 × Plessey Shield decoy launchers
  • Graseby Type 182 towed torpedo decoy
  • 2 × Oerlikon 20 mm guns
  • 2 × 7.62 mm machine guns
  • Aircraft carried: Helicopter deck but no hangar

    RFA Gold Rover (A271) is a small fleet tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and is one of five[1] Rover Class ships that were designed by the Admiralty, all of which were built at the Swan Hunter shipyard.

    Today Gold Rover and her sister Black Rover are the last two in service with the R.F.A.[2] on duty around the world, the others have all been phased out as part of a worldwide effort to replace single-hulled vessels with double-hulled.[3]


    The Rover Class is predominantly used to transport fuel, oil, aviation fuel for services around the globe. It can carry limited dried stores of 340 tonnes such as munitions and refrigerated goods.[4] They also come with a helicopter landing pad that can accommodate 2 helicopters, however there is no hangar.

    Major Duties

    In July 1974 Gold Rover participated in evacuation duties during the partition of Cyprus during the Turkish invasion of the island.[4]

    Gold Rover participated in the 1986 Jamaican flood relief operations. In January 2000 Gold Rover was towed back to Devonport by two RMAS tugs after breaking down off Lizard Point.

    2006 was a busy year for Gold Rover: She was in Nigeria in June 2006 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the formation of the Nigerian Navy. As part of the celebrations there was a Fleet Review by President Olusegun Obasanjo.[4]

    On 6 October she, along with Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll and Royal Marines from 40 Commando, seized more than two tonnes of cocaine during a major drugs haul off the coast of West Africa. The illegal drugs, which were found in an unregistered vessel, had a UK street value of some £60 million.

    Gold Rover was part of a Royal Navy amphibious task group, the VELA Deployment 06, en route to Sierra Leone where she and other ships were taking part in a major amphibious exercise. Whilst on the way to West Africa Gold Rover was contributing to the global fight against terrorism and the Royal Navy's maritime security operations activity.


    1. "Rover Class". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
    2. "RFA Gold Rover". M.O.D.. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
    3. "RFA Gold Rover". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
    4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "A271 RFA Gold Rover". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 

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