HMS Lancaster and RFA Gold Rover part ways

After five months together on the high seas two British Naval vessels have parted company.

HMS Lancaster and RFA Gold Rover carried out one last Replenishment at Sea (RAS) before Gold Rover turned and headed back to the South Atlantic and Lancaster planned a course for home.

The two ships met in the Falklands back in June at the start of the unforgiving South Atlantic winter.

Since then, they have sailed across the Atlantic to the remote island of Tristan Da Cunha, and on to South Africa.

Following a maintenance period in Cape Town both ships started up the West Coast of Africa with stops in Angola, St Helena, Ghana and Togo. 

I would like to thank Captain Peter Selby and the crew of RFA Gold Rover for the exceptional support that they have provided us during our five months in company.

Commander Peter Laughton

In total, this mammoth journey has seen the two vessels sail an impressive 16,500 nautical miles together.

Throughout, Gold Rover has provided Lancaster with valuable stores and fuel and has conducted nine RAS equating to a total transfer of half of Lancaster’s own weight in fuel.

Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Laughton MBE, said:

“I would like to thank Captain Peter Selby and the crew of RFA Gold Rover for the exceptional support that they have provided us during our five months in company.

“It has been a challenging programme and Gold Rover has delivered with enormous pride and style, I wish her fair winds and following seas on her onward journey.”

Lancaster will be back in Portsmouth for Christmas.