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photoblog image Sir Percivale has arrived

Sir Percivale has arrived



On the 13th December the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Sir Percivale was towed into Liverpool by the tug Braveheart for breaking up. She is seen here in Canada Dry Dock ahead of the Grey Rover, both ships will end up on the pile of scrap metal behind them and probably then go onto be made into white goods in Turkey or China.

RFA Sir Percivale was a Round Table class Landing Ship Logistics and has a varied history, She was at the Falklands in 1982, the Gulf War in 1991 and has supported ground troops in the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. She was withdrawn when it was found that it would cost more to overhaul her than purchase new ships.

Sir Percivale has arrived



On the 13th December the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Sir Percivale was towed into Liverpool by the tug Braveheart for breaking up. She is seen here in Canada Dry Dock ahead of the Grey Rover, both ships will end up on the pile of scrap metal behind them and probably then go onto be made into white goods in Turkey or China.

RFA Sir Percivale was a Round Table class Landing Ship Logistics and has a varied history, She was at the Falklands in 1982, the Gulf War in 1991 and has supported ground troops in the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. She was withdrawn when it was found that it would cost more to overhaul her than purchase new ships.

comments (7)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 29 Dec 2009, 05:41
l hate seeing the end of proud ships, in this country we tend to sink them to form artificial reefs, at least that way they continue to serve there country and are not forgotten
Les Auld: I've seen that on television Zed, although if they did that around here I imagine the shipping lanes would be blocked up. Thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Dec 2009, 06:08
Yes - I remember this one from the Falklands Les
Les Auld: So do I Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • Warkworth, Northumberland
  • 29 Dec 2009, 07:58
So sad, Les, when you tell us of the conflicts she's been through. Nothing is for ever, though, and perhaps one day little bits of here may come back in the form of another support vessel.
Les Auld: One thing is certain they will return as something Alan, thanks for the comment.
I wonder where the replacements are being built?
Les Auld: I suspect even the government do not know Bill, thanks for the comment.
A sad end to a noble vessel. Everything wears out eventually, even us smile
Les Auld: Especially us Pamela, thanks for the comemnt.
I suppose the only good of this is that it keeps people employed doing the cutting up.
Les Auld: But not all that many Brian, thanks for the comment.
what an amazingly evocative image - very impressive
Les Auld: A time past Harry, thanks for the comment.

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