RFA Cherryleaf (A82)

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Name: RFA Cherryleaf
Builder: Rheinstahl Nordseewerke[1]
Yard number: 321[1]
Launched: 16 October 1962
Commissioned: February 1973[1]
Decommissioned: 1980[1]
Renamed: Overseas Adventurer (1962-73 and 1980-81), Petrostar XIV[2] or Petrostar XVI[1] (1981-87)
Homeport: London (with LOF)
Fate: Set on fire by AGM-65 Maverick missile strike in 1986[1]
Status: Scrapped 1987[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Leaf-class tanker
Tonnage: 14,027 long tons (15,710 ST; 14,252 t) gross
7,764 long tons (8,696 ST; 7,889 t) net
18,957 long tons (21,232 ST; 19,261 t) deadweight[1]
Length: 559 ft 4 in (170.48 m)
Beam: 72 ft (22 m)
Draught: 29 ft 6 in (8.99 m)
Installed power: 8400 bhp[1]
Propulsion: 7-cylinder MAN diesel[1]
Speed: 14.5 knots (16.7 mph; 26.9 km/h)[1]

RFA Cherryleaf (A82) was a Leaf-class small fleet tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the third ship to bear this name.

She was launched in Emden,[1] Germany in 1962 as Overseas Adventurer for a subsidiary of London & Overseas Freighters (LOF). She was bareboat chartered for the RFA in February 1973 and renamed RFA Cherryleaf.[1]

In 1980 she was returned to LOF and her name reverted to Overseas Adventurer.[1] In 1981 LOF sold her to Petrostar Co Ltd of Saudi Arabia who renamed her either Petrostar XIV[2] or Petrostar XVI.[1]

On 5 April 1986 during the Iran–Iraq War she was off Halul Island[2] en route from Bahrain to Sharjah when Iranian helicopters[1] hit her with AGM-65 Maverick missiles.[2] Her accommodation was gutted by fire and four crewmembers were killed.[1] She was towed to Sharjah where she was declared a total loss[1] and laid up for disposal on 9 April 1986.[1] She was sold to a Taiwanese shipbreaker and arrived Kaohsiung for demolition on 24 January 1987.[1] Demolition began on 19 February 1987.[1]


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