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[u]Information published in the 1980 Program for Chatham Navy Days[/u]

SIR PERCIVALE was built by Hawthorn Leslie (Shipbuilders) Ltd, and launched in March 1968. This vessel is designed as a multi-purpose troop and heavy vehicle carrier. Fitted for roll-on, roll-off bow and stern loading, there is a drive through facility with deck to deck ramps and a full load of vehicles can be discharged onto a beach. The load of fifty ton tanks, three-ton and quarter-ton lorries, troops and cargo, can be varied to suit requirements.
Landing Ships Logistic (LSLs) have the capability of carrying on each side of the vessel, two pontoons with outboard units, which can be used either to ferry cargo ashore, or to form a240 feet causeway between ship and shore. A landing deck is provided aft for a helicopter, which can also operate from the deck part in front of the bridge.
This type of vessel is on average 412 feet long with a beam of 60 feet, and a draft of 13 feet. They have a service speed of about 17 knots. For the efficient operation of these vessels, there is normally a complement of 18 officers and 5l ratings of the RFA

[B]Photographed at Chatham on 25 May 1980[/b]
Sir Percivale took part in the Falklands War and the 1991 Gulf War.
Sir Percivale was decommissioned on 17 August 2004 and was laid up alongside at Marchwood Military Port, Southampton. She remained at the Sea Mounting Centre (SMC) until 13 December 2009 when she was towed to Liverpool for scrapping.
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