ship was originally the Stena Inspector, designed as a Multipurpose
Support Vessel for North Sea oil operations, and completed in 1981. She
was chartered on 25 May 1982 for use as a fleet repair ship during the
Falklands War and purchased from Stena (UK) Line in October 1983.
then converted in 1984 for use as a Forward Repair Ship in the South
Atlantic (Falkland Islands).
vessel has four 5 ton anchors for a four-point mooring system and is strengthened
for operations in ice. In addition to supporting the Royal Navy in the
Falklands, she has been used as an MCMV support ship in the Gulf.
Following an overhaul in 2007, we would expect this vessel to remain in
service until at least 2016.
One of the key features of her design is the
advanced Dynamic Positioning system. This system uses computer-controlled
azimuth and bow thrusters and a variable pitch propeller to allow RFA
Diligence to maintain a selected static position to within a few metres,
in conditions of up to Force Nine. Another unusual feature is the
helicopter flight deck which is positioned on the roof of the bridge,
giving RFA Diligence its distinctive appearance.
||5,000nm at 12 knots
||38 (15 officers) plus
accommodation for 147 plus 55 temporary
||Long-jib crane SWL 5
tons maximum lift 40 tons
||4 x 20mm 4 x 7.62mm MGs
RFA Diligence (A132)