RFA Orangeleaf (A110) was bareboat chartered for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary on the 24th of May 1984.
As well as their primary role of replenishing warships at sea, fleet support tankers are used for the bulk movement of fuels between MOD(N) depots. The Bayleaf has three Leaf Class sisters - RFAs Brambleleaf, Oakleaf and Bayleaf. All four were originally designed as commercial tankers and underwent major conversions to bring them up to RFA standards and equip them for naval support. These involved adding a considerable amount of electronics, both in communications and navigational aids, fitting two replenishment rigs and increasing the amount of accommodation.
During early to mid-2004, the ship took part in a deployment with a French carrier battle group, centred around the Charles de Gaulle to the Indian Ocean.
RFA Orangeleaf ship details.
Length: 170.7 metres
Breadth: 25.9 metres
Draught: 11.8 metres
Displacement: 40,870 tonnes
Speed: 15 knots