I feel that she should have been painted white; as in elephant. In addition to the problems that the RN had with her, she was responsible for monumental losses for British Shipbuilders, the closure of the lower Clyde shipyards and starvation ration of investment funds for the rest of the Corporation. Who and what was to blame? It is a subject for endless argument, but her name brings a shudder to anyone involved in shipbuilding in Britain in the 1980s.
When the RN eventually sold her, she was laid-up in the Tyne for years.
I heard she had been sold to a company called Subsea offshore (www.subsea7.com). I have looked at the vessels on their website but I can't really find any information that mentions her. If she is one of the ships pictured she has been rebuilt beyond recognition. The only vessel that sounds similar is one called Kommander 3000, built in 1984 and converted at a later date but she is only 118m in length which I'm sure is shorter than Challenger was. I'd love to know for sure what happened to her.