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I would like to try and confirm when RFA Sir Percivale made her first trip out to Mururoa.

I think it was early 1970 as I was working at a Naval Radio Station in New Zealand at that time.

From memory Sir Percivale made her trip back to UK around early July 1970.

Any info would be appreciated

Tony Magon - Allawah - Sydney
 

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Hi

I would like to try and confirm when RFA Sir Percivale made her first trip out to Mururoa.

I think it was early 1970 as I was working at a Naval Radio Station in New Zealand at that time.

From memory Sir Percivale made her trip back to UK around early July 1970.

Any info would be appreciated

Tony Magon - Allawah - Sydney

Hello Tony.

The landing ships only became RFAs in Mar 70. I joined Sir Galahad/GSLA in Singapore at that time. Prior to that these ships were managed by British India. Where Percivale/GVTA was at that time I do not know. Sorry cannot be of further help.

73

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I was C/O in RFA Brown Ranger in 1974.
We escorted Sir Percivale from Panama to the S Pacific and she went on to monitor the French tests at Muraoa in June and July 74.
On Sept 19 she called at Pitcairn to pick up the two RAF observers she had left there and arrived back in the UK in November
 

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Hi George - Thanks for the reply. Was at ZLO - Navcommsta Waiouru in 74 as well - I was the LRO of one of the watches at that time - Comms were a lot easier with your vessel and Sir Percivale than when Sir Percivale first came out around 1970 Can remember very well doing the comms with your vessel - Was in Portsmouth back in 71/72 bringing out HMNZS Canterbury built in Yarrows to New Zealand then in 73 went back to ZLO until I left in 75 and worked at ZLB until 1989 then VIS till 92 then worked for Australian Telecom (Telstra) in Sydney until 2003 then worked as a security guard until I retired in 2016 - Remember reading an incident with the French (I think they were pulling your leg) - Have looked up a book called "Pitcairn as a port of call - a record - 1790 - 2010" it lists Sir Percivale as passing Pitcairn on April 30 1970 from Panama and then on July 13 sat off Pitcairn for four days - on August 10 1970 she is off Pitcairn again to pick up a couple of two RAF radiological monitors then bound Peru - the C/O was Capt McLaughlin - my email is [email protected] - In the last couple of years have met up with an amateur radio friend - Paul Leithbridge who was an R/O on RFAs - He comes out to Sydney every year or so - You may have sailed with him Regards Tony
 

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Hi King Ratt -

Thanks for the info - Please read my reply to George - Yes was told the Sir Percivale and the other round table vessels were under BI until early 1970

Regards Tony
 

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Hi King Ratt -

Thanks for the info - Please read my reply to George - Yes was told the Sir Percivale and the other round table vessels were under BI until early 1970

Regards Tony
Hi Tony. Always happy to help. I was out in the Far East 1977/78 in Sir Percivale and used the Kiwi Naval Stations frequently. Both yourselves and VHK and VHM were a delight to work. Paul Lethbridge rings a bell, never sailed with him but know the name. Mine is Rab Thomson but retired in 1992 from RFA.

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KR
 
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