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SIR GERAINT

SIR GERAINT

The Admiralty's 1965-7 A.Stephen, Glasgow, built ro/ro SIR
GERAINT, a landing ship with beaching capability, is seen passing Hoek van Holland on 5th June 1970 outbound from Rotterdam.

She finally arrived at Gadani Beach on 22.12.05 as SIR G. for breaking.

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"Purser52" has advised as follows:

The ships of this (the Round table) class were originally managed by British India on behalf of the MOD (Army) but they were integrated into the RFA in 1970. She here sports the old UK troop ship livery of white hull and upperworks with blue band round the hull and a buff funnel, masts and cranes. Once becoming RFAs, the ships were repainted in the battleship grey livery of that fleet. They had both bow and stern doors giving them a RORO capability and interestingly were capable of being beached to land a force directly and swiftly onto a beach-head. For this they were flat-bottomed and had 2 x kedge anchors on the stern which were let go as the ship approached the beaching point.
 

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