Tuesday, January 23, 2007


OakleafThe RFA Oakleaf (IMO: 7915814, Port of Registry: Barrow, United Kingdom) is a fleet support tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary that keeps the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom running around the world. She was built in 1981 as the MV Oktania by A.B. Udevella, Sweden and added to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1986. As well as their role of replenishing warships at sea, support tankers perform the bulk movement of fuels between depots. While the ships can provide some food and stores support, their main cargoes are diesel and aviation fuel. The Oakleaf is capable of replenishing ships with fuel using a standard jackstay or derrick rig abeam and towed rig for astern replenishment. She is fitted to take containers on her main deck for the provision of stores and to enhance ship's stores capabilities for long deployments. The Oakleaf is 174 metres long, 32 metres wide, has a maximum draught of 11 metres and a cargo capacity of 40,000 cu m fuel. The vessel is armed with 2 7.62 mm machine guns.

The Oakleaf is scheduled to arrive later tonight at the Nerefco terminal, Rotterdam.

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