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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

AIRCRAFT CARRYING SHIPS

ASTRONOMER aviation support ship (1977/1982)

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Astronomer   B463-I-1 Stocznia Północna, Gdańsk, Poland   6/7/1976 1/1977 // 29/5/1982 returned late 1982

 

Displacement standard, t

27868 BRT, 18570dwt

Displacement full, t

~38000

Length, m

204.0

Breadth, m

30.8

Draught, m

9.00

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 Sulzer 10RND90 diesel

Power, h. p.

29000

Max speed, kts

20.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 3327
Endurance, nm(kts) 17400

Armament

2 x 1 - 20/90 GAM-B01, helicopters

Sensors

radars

Complement

 

Aircraft facilities: Aircraft based on deck.

Year VSTOL attackers helicopters
5/1982 --- some

Ship project history: Former container ship, requisitioned by MoD and used as aircraft support ship. Aircraft was based on deck and all aircraft equipment was stowed in containers.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Astronomer was returned to owner late in 1982 but next year, 16/11/1983, she was accepted by RFA service and commissioned as fleet replenishment ship A131 Reliance.

Reliant

Reliant 1984

Ivan Gogin, 2016