Captain's Welcome Message

Welcome to RFA Gold Rover’s website. I trust that the information and photographs about the ship, her people and role will be of interest. Enjoy the website and any feedback is always welcome.

RFA Gold Rover has the unique distinction of being the oldest ship in the RFA Flotilla and has been in service, like me, since 1974. 

However, she remains a highly capable and nimble tanker that continues to support the Royal Navy on a day to day basis throughout the world.  The ship has just completed a refit and will be undertaking Operational Sea Training in Devonport throughout the summer prior to deploying. 

RFA Gold Rover, although an old ship, still forms part of backbone of Royal Navy’s Front Line Afloat Tanker Support.  She is manned by a small and highly skilled crew who ensure that Gold Rover runs smoothly.

As the Father of a young family, I am only too aware that in addition to the Ship’s Company there are also families and friends at home who support us.  This website is essentially aimed at this vital group of people as well as our Affiliated Units and the general public especially any potential RFA recruits.

It is my hope that by keeping the news and photo sections up to date, that you will be able to follow our progress with interest.  Many thanks for viewing the site and we are all ears if you can suggest better ways in which you can be kept informed of RFA Gold Rover.

Shaun Jones OBE

Captain RFA

Commanding Officer

RFA Gold Rover

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