Repair Ship ordered from Vickers Armstrong
on 16th February 1927 under the 1926/27
Estimates and launched on 27th November
1928. She was intended for use as an
Accommodation Ship as well as to provide
repair services for warships if dockyard
facilities could not be used. The
2nd RN warship to bear this name, introduced
for a 6th
Rate in 1778. The designed complement of 581
included repair staff but this
increased during WW2. The
12,300 tons and had an overall length of 530
feet with a beam of 83 ft and a
draught of 22 feet 4 inches at full load..
turbines drove two shafts with Shaft
Horsepower of 7,500 and gave a speed of 15
knots. Four 4in Low Angle gun mountings were
fitted on build.
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at Malta for support of
ships of Mediterranean Fleet
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deployment in continuation.
Transferred to Freetown
for temporary duty pending
to Mediterranean after
arrival of HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE.
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duties in continuation.
for service with Eastern Fleet
Nominated for service in
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Eastern Fleet support in
Join British Pacific Fleet.
Deployed at US Navy
Forward Base, Leyte with HM Depot Snips
ARTIFEX and TYNE.
repair facilities for British Pacific Fleet
after completion of first phase of
(Operation ICEBERG ONE.
See THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J
Winton.) and WAR
Passage to British
base at Manus, Admiralty
Deployed at Manus with
Feet Train for support and accommodation
Manus service in
t W a r N o t e s
RESOURCE returned to UK after VJ Day and was
as Senior Officer's ship in the Reserve
Fleet at Portsmouth until 1951 when she
was Paid-Off. The ship was placed on the
Disposal List in 1953 and was sold to BISCO
the next year for demolition by TW Ward..
She arrived in tow at the breakerís yard in
near Rosyth during February 1954. This name
was carried forward
in 1966 when used for a Fleet Replenishment
the Royal Fleet Auxiliary which served
during the Falklands conflict and was
awarded the Battle Honour FALKLAND ISLANDS