RFA Diligence

RFA Diligence

RFA Diligence is unique in the Naval service; designed to provide repair and maintenance for ships and submarines operating away from their home ports in the UK.

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RFA Diligence (A132) is a sophisticated, multi-purpose ship, fitted with a wide range of workshops for hull and machinery repairs, as well as the facilities for supplying electricity, water, fuel, air, steam, cranes and stores to other ships and submarines.

Originally operating as the MV Stena Inspector, Diligence was designed for commercial operation as an offshore maintenance and Diving Support Vessel.

In 1982 she was chartered by the Ministry of Defence for Service in the South Atlantic. Purchased by the Ministry of Defence in 1983, and converted to a Forward Repair Ship (FRS), the ship was commissioned as RFA Diligence in March 1984 and manned by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

The ship is the only Forward Repair Ship in the fleet and was deployed during both Gulf conflicts.


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Engineers from RFA Diligence and HMS Montrose work together afloat

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Current operation Operation Kipion

Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast.

Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History

Ship Launched1980

Built as a Rig Support Vessel in 1980 in Sweden for Stena Line as the MV Stena Inspector

The Falklands Conflict1982

MV Stena Inspector was requisitioned into service as a Fleet Repair Ship; she was bought outright in 1983.

Battle Honours1991

During the Gulf Conflict, she operated as the Base Support ship and supported the damaged US ships USS Tripoli and Princeton. Awarded the 1991 Kuwait battle honour.

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Commanding Officer Simon Booth

Rank: Captain, RFA

Captain Simon Booth joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1981. He took command of RFA Diligence in April 2014.

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