RFA Regent

stouch
24th January 2007, 14:56
Hi all,

Does anyone have any pic's or info on the Regent, The last I seen of her she was in the middle of the forth outside Crombie for a long while, I assume she's scrap now.

My Father served on her for 5 or 6 years during the 60's and just trying to add some more pics/info to his collection.

Thanks,

King Ratt
24th January 2007, 15:28
Hello Stouch. Have a shufti at this site for pix of RFA Regent.
http://www.rfaaplymouth.org/GGMrs.htm
I may have some of my own and will send if I can lay my hands on 'em.

Anubis
20th April 2008, 23:59
The "Regent" and "Resource" were nicknamed "Regret" and "Remorse". The Regent was launched in 1968 after being built in Belfast by Harland & Wolf.
The two ships were the first RFAs to have their own helicopters, manned by the RN. Apart RN and RFA personnel the ships carried civilians from RNAD who actually worked the cargo, which in those days included Sea Cat and Sea Slug missiles,4.5" shells as well as dry stores.

Lancastrian
21st April 2008, 10:07
Thanks for the plug Rab.

Ordered: 24 January 1963
Laid down: 04 September 1964
Launched: 09 March 1966
Commissioned: 16 May 1967
Decommissioned: October 1992
Fate: Sailed Devonport on 21 January 1993 renamed SHAHZADELAL for delivery run to Indian breakers and arrived Alang for demolition on 19 February 1993

There are also several pics in the RFA Gallery on this site. Try a search.

ron moralee
19th August 2008, 17:00
hi all,
i was on "regent" from sept 91 till feb 92, we had a great trip to the east coast of U.S.A. which was proberbly her last atlantic crossing. I have some good memories from that old ship.
:)

stevemitch
1st January 2009, 13:31
served on both regent and resourse in the 60's and 70's as ab and qm.had hundreds of photo's but had house fire in the 80's which distroyed all of the photo's and negatives.

Mick Spear
1st January 2009, 14:52
The REGENT was my first RFA back in February 1990. Had a great trip and rejoined it after my leave. I find the older the ship the happier they are. And the REGENT was very happy on the two occasions Feb 90 to Aug 90 and Nov 90 to Apr 91. Captain was Paddy Roache a good man and pure seafarer!

Mick S

Norm
7th January 2009, 02:07
I saw a documentary on TV a few years back about the ship giong to the Indian breakers. The captain ordered full speed ahead on to the beach. After she was beached the crew climbed down on to the sand. The breakers started their work immediately. The captain said he was not sad about it, and it was the best fun he'd ever had.

Roger Jordan
10th July 2009, 13:07
Hello
I referred to this thread while researching REGENT and her sistership RESOURCE, and you might be interested to learn that on the Internet there are varying dates for completion for these two vessels. There does also appear to be a lot of confusion on some websites as to completion date and commissioning date. It looks like Wikipedia might be the culprit for the widely quoted wrong date, which shows commissioning (? completion) date for REGENT as 16 May 1967, whereas only one online source that I can find appears to have the correct date, which was 6 June 1967. I have copy of a Harland & Wolff document that also confirms this.
Widely quoted also on the 'net is the completion date for RESOURCE as 6 June 1967, whereas Miramar shows this as 16 May 1967 -- delivery date from Scotts', Greenock.
It is clearly a transposition of dates on the part of the compiler.
I have a copy of Lloyd's Shipping Index for 8 June 1967, which shows both vessels with latest reports as in the course of trials and pre-delivery, so that is not helpful (Lloyd's publications never very good on up-to-date information on RFA vessels).
Would be grateful for any further information.
Regards
Roger Jordan

hillshepherd
11th July 2009, 09:10
Hello
I referred to this thread while researching REGENT and her sistership RESOURCE, and you might be interested to learn that on the Internet there are varying dates for completion for these two vessels. There does also appear to be a lot of confusion on some websites as to completion date and commissioning date. It looks like Wikipedia might be the culprit for the widely quoted wrong date, which shows commissioning (? completion) date for REGENT as 16 May 1967, whereas only one online source that I can find appears to have the correct date, which was 6 June 1967. I have copy of a Harland & Wolff document that also confirms this.
Widely quoted also on the 'net is the completion date for RESOURCE as 6 June 1967, whereas Miramar shows this as 16 May 1967 -- delivery date from Scotts', Greenock.
It is clearly a transposition of dates on the part of the compiler.
I have a copy of Lloyd's Shipping Index for 8 June 1967, which shows both vessels with latest reports as in the course of trials and pre-delivery, so that is not helpful (Lloyd's publications never very good on up-to-date information on RFA vessels).
Would be grateful for any further information.
Regards
Roger Jordan

Roger -In 1966 I was appointed to Resource for the sea trials, then coursed for aviation and security, NBCD etc and appointed to Regent. Never joined Regent until years later as Resource was lead ship and the captain (Jo Dines) wanted a qualified officer in post to start things moving. So I was present when the ship completed at Scotts and sailed summer 1967. I do not remember any sort of final date, formal handover or commissioning as they have today - more a sort of rolling event (Lancastrian might say staggering !) I suppose there must be a final date somewhere where the ships were signed for an paid for - in Janes it gives 16 May 1967 for Resource and 6th June for Regent. Century of Service on the other hand reverses these dates to 16th May and 5th June, and this may be the source in the web. The RFA Museum at Bellingham holds the Ship's Captain's Book for Resource, containing all the original certificates and documents - I will ask the Curator (Pat Thompson) to check or let me check any date evidence next time I am there.
Regards Hillshepherd

BUGGINS
11th July 2009, 20:44
Lenton`s Warships of the British and Commonwealth Navies 1969 edition gives 6/6 for Regent and 5/6 for Resource as the completion dates - this would have been based on contemporary Shipbuilding and Shipping Record material. It will be interesting to see what the Ship`s Book says.

Lancastrian
12th July 2009, 03:16
I would change my Commissioned to Completed but the editing button seems to have disappeared.

Pat Kennedy
12th July 2009, 23:04
The "Regent" and "Resource" were nicknamed "Regret" and "Remorse". The Regent was launched in 1968 after being built in Belfast by Harland & Wolf.
The two ships were the first RFAs to have their own helicopters, manned by the RN. Apart RN and RFA personnel the ships carried civilians from RNAD who actually worked the cargo, which in those days included Sea Cat and Sea Slug missiles,4.5" shells as well as dry stores.

We had Resource in Birkenhead for two refits during the seventies, and recall that I was told that as well as conventional ordnance, she carried nuclear missiles and depth charges.
Anyone know if this is correct?
Pat

Lancastrian
13th July 2009, 00:00
We had Resource in Birkenhead for two refits during the seventies, and recall that I was told that as well as conventional ordnance, she carried nuclear missiles and depth charges.
Anyone know if this is correct?
Pat

It was the policy of Her Majesty's Government neither to confirm nor deny the presence of nuclear weapons in any of her ships. So don't expect an answer.

R736476
15th July 2009, 09:53
We had Resource in Birkenhead for two refits during the seventies, and recall that I was told that as well as conventional ordnance, she carried nuclear missiles and depth charges.
Anyone know if this is correct?
Pat

Pat, you may wish to click on the following MoD website for a very interesting report:
http://www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/4625B8A4-C533-4DAD-9FA5-0BFEE58F8D69/0/op_corporate1982_nuclear_weapons.pdf
(Cloud)

micky stevenson
24th October 2009, 11:12
The REGENT was my first RFA back in February 1990. Had a great trip and rejoined it after my leave. I find the older the ship the happier they are. And the REGENT was very happy on the two occasions Feb 90 to Aug 90 and Nov 90 to Apr 91. Captain was Paddy Roache a good man and pure seafarer!

Mick S

how are you doing my old mate regent was a very special ship with a very special crew and as it was my first ship it is the one i think about the most when i joined in naples as a 17 year old kid you always looked after me and ive never ever forgot it. great times great carachters mad deano adam valentine , lee hadden, dutchy,tony mcguiness, tony caroll,davey dick and the edge i wish i could turn back time michael

Mick Spear
24th October 2009, 11:53
how are you doing my old mate regent was a very special ship with a very special crew and as it was my first ship it is the one i think about the most when i joined in naples as a 17 year old kid you always looked after me and ive never ever forgot it. great times great carachters mad deano adam valentine , lee hadden, dutchy,tony mcguiness, tony caroll,davey dick and the edge i wish i could turn back time michael
Alright Mickey. Good to see you've found the site. I always ask Franny how you are. The Cardiff lads (Scunthorpe game 93) still ask after you too. Some of the names above are still with the RFA. Heard you do the pugilist journo thing for the Liverpool echo?
I'll send you a PM.
Mick S

johnbushell
24th October 2009, 18:43
Here is a shot of Resource.http://www.john.fotoblog.org.uk/p14552235.html

John

Guggi
30th October 2009, 08:37
hi remember me?? Guggi

Guggi
30th October 2009, 08:38
hi all,
i was on "regent" from sept 91 till feb 92, we had a great trip to the east coast of U.S.A. which was proberbly her last atlantic crossing. I have some good memories from that old ship.
:) remember guggi?

clairebeary28
29th November 2009, 22:37
Hi all

Found some photo's my late dad took on the Regent I'm guessing he was there in 1968 as the album that has a few photo's in has the Xmas menu in it!!

If anyone knew him would be ace to know more about him from those days. His name was Barry Roberts and was born down in Portsmouth area. The photo's I have are of him from 67-69. There's not many but a few group photo's....

thanks

Lancastrian
30th November 2009, 09:04
Hello Claire, I would be happy to post some of your photos on this site -
http://www.rfaaplymouth.org/copperminepeople/index.php

steve dunk
3rd January 2010, 20:38
hi
i was on regent from 1980-1983 through the falklands she was a wonderful ship served with pride like so many others

Planner
1st May 2010, 23:47
hi al
i was on "regent" from sept 91 till feb 92, we had a great trip to the east coast of U.S.A. which was proberbly her last atlantic crossing. I have some good memories from that old ship.
:)

Hi Ron.
I was on Regent from May91 till Dec 92 I was an officer in the stonnery. I assisted in De Storing her. I stood on the dock in Devonport and watched her steam away to India. Regent went back across the Atlantic from Sept to end of Oct. That tour was better than the one you was on

scrooge
19th May 2010, 15:59
Hi guys this is my first post , i came across this forum after trying to find info on RFA REGENT i have a flag that was brought back from the falklands by a sailor from this ship, with the flag came a lot of paperwork etc of this man who was called Philip kirby , the flag has 848 on it and an added piece of cloth with a skull and crossbones and a few names, does anybody know if this flag was from the ship? ,rgds Dave

CISK
27th May 2010, 12:02
Well, its a 4 breadth RFA Ensign, defaced by 848 Naval Air Squadron.

"When the Falkland Islands were invaded by Argentina in April 1982, 848 NAS was quickly reformed and embarked in four Flights on three Royal Fleet Auxiliaries (RFAs) and the MV Atlantic Conveyor. The Atlantic Conveyor was hit by an Argentinean Exocet missile and the ensuing fire destroyed the ship and its 848 Flight, though no men were lost. After the Falklands Campaign the Squadron was once again disbanded."
"Westland Wessex HU.5, XS486 embarked on RFA Regent on 19th April 1982 and sailed to the South Atlantic, arriving on 21st May. With many other HU.5s, XS486 was engaged in moving men and supplies from ship to ship and ship to shore, in the war zone."

vascocourtney
10th October 2010, 15:39
I was a deck Cadet on the Regent during the Falklands. Philip Kirby was the Senior Quartermaster. The 848 on the flag refers to the squadron number of the wessex helicopters we had on board.

vascocourtney
10th October 2010, 16:04
I was a Deck Cadet on the Regent for the duration of the Falklands campaign. We left Plymouth in the April and were one of the last to return (to Rosyth) 150 days later. I hope you all find the attached pictures interesting. They are from a portfolio that was put together on board at the time by one of the pursers - Tony Lock as we had a photographic dark room on board. We all chipped in a fiver each for the South Atlantic fund and he made us all copies. The guy next to the crashed Landrover is Lt Tom Mason who was piloting "WM" in the other picture.

momomcd
10th October 2010, 16:43
Hi folks, I have a neighbour who is turning 50 soon and served on RFA Cape Howe and RFA Blue Rover.Does anyone know if it is possible to get model replicas of your ships

dab
10th October 2010, 16:57
RFA Cape Howe! Are you sure? Maybe my memory has gone.

momomcd
10th October 2010, 17:07
RFA Cape Howe! Are you sure? Maybe my memory has gone.

Think so, we were trying to think of something to get him and after his party we asked him his favourite ships he sailed on and these aere his answers. He ha dbeen into Norway on it and also when in Glasgow could come home whilst docked

George.GM
10th October 2010, 17:40
There was a HMS Cape Howe during WW2 that was renamed RFA Prunella but suspect she may be a little before your friends time.
I expect he is thinking of MV Cape Howe a 27,500 ton ore carrier owned by Scottish Ship Management.
Launched 1962. Broken up in China 1984.

Can't find a model of Blue Rover but Mercator Ship Models have one of Green Rover which is almost identical
for 45 + p & p

momomcd
13th October 2010, 20:31
Hi
Thanks for the nmessage it was the cape howe that was part of the scottish shipping and not the WW2 version.

Any idea where we can track down a model for it?

Many thanks & best wishes

George.GM
14th October 2010, 17:32
Have a look at www.scottishshipmanagement.com they may be able to point you in the right direction. Seem a very comprehensive website.
www.model-ships.co.uk make models to order but probably charge a bob or two for a one off.

japottinger
22nd October 2010, 23:21
Did my bit for Resource. When in the turbine builders, AEI Trafford Park Manchester drawing office, I drew the manuf. drawing of the LP turbine casing, and later in Scotts' D.O did some of the piping drawings. Hope all went well, I am sure I posted some shots of her being launched.

GINGEREGENT
19th January 2012, 20:47
The entry for arrival is wrong. We arrived at the Falklands on the 8th May. A big difference !

Mick Spear
19th January 2012, 21:39
I was a Deck Cadet on the Regent for the duration of the Falklands campaign. We left Plymouth in the April and were one of the last to return (to Rosyth) 150 days later. I hope you all find the attached pictures interesting. They are from a portfolio that was put together on board at the time by one of the pursers - Tony Lock as we had a photographic dark room on board. We all chipped in a fiver each for the South Atlantic fund and he made us all copies. The guy next to the crashed Landrover is Lt Tom Mason who was piloting "WM" in the other picture.

A few good photos there shipmate. RFA association would be very keen to get a few copies.
Mick S

DJW
15th June 2013, 16:58
Hi all

Found some photo's my late dad took on the Regent I'm guessing he was there in 1968 as the album that has a few photo's in has the Xmas menu in it!!

If anyone knew him would be ace to know more about him from those days. His name was Barry Roberts and was born down in Portsmouth area. The photo's I have are of him from 67-69. There's not many but a few group photo's....

thanks

Hi Claire,

I realise it's been a while since you're post, and you might not come back on to see this; however, I just read this thread with my father who was on Regent around 1970-1972 and he instantly remembered your father.

Seemingly your father was the first man to greet my dad and his first question was "Do you like a drink?" undoubtedly my dad answered yes and from that day they got on like a house on fire.

He recalls Barry getting sped from the ship when a relative (his dad?) had to go in for an emergency procedure, possibly a tracheostomy?

Small world.