RFA Gold Rover performs her last replenishment at sea

February 10, 2017 – This is the sight you will never see again. Off the west coast of Africa frigate HMS Portland takes on fuel from tanker RFA Gold Rover – the very last time the oldest vessel in the Naval Service will provide ‘black gold’ to fuel front-line operations. The 11,000-tonne support vessel is due to decommission in the UK next month – 43 years after first pumping oil into the tanks of a Royal Navy warship. She’s the last of five Rover-class ships built for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary…

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