LEAF class

The Leaf class of support tankers of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary, (RFA), consisted of a mixture of several different ships. We could distinguish a class composed of four vessels; Appleleaf, Bayleaf, Brambleleaf and Orangeleaf, another formed only by the Oakleaf ship and a third series of smaller and older vessels that will not be detailed here. The four ships of the Leaf or Appleleaf class had a civil origin and were modified for military use. They were built between 1973 and 1975 by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead for the Hudson Fuel and Shipping Co., but after canceling the order, Camell Laird decided to complete the ships that later were rented by the RFA to finally be purchased by this same agency. In 1989 the Appleleaf was rented to the Royal Australian Navy which renamed it Westralia and kept it in service until 2006. The other three British ships were decommissioned between 2009 and 2015.

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Country of origin

United Kingdom


Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, UK


Fleet support tanker

Entered service



HMAS Westralia: 96

Displacement, (full load)

From 37,390 to 40,870 tonnes

Dimensions (length x beam x draught)

170.00 x 26.00 x 12.00 meters
HMAS Westralia: 171.00 x 26.00 x 12.03 meters


2 x Crossley Pielstick 14PC 2V diesel engines
HMAS Westralia: 2 × SEMT Pielstick 14 PC2.2 V400 diesel engine

Power, (total)

14,000 hp

Shafts - Screws

1 shaft – 1 screw


14 Knots (26 km/h)
HMAS Westralia: 17 Knots (31 km/h)

Load capacity

25,000 tonnes of diesel and aviation fuel


1 for VERTREP supply if necessary


2 x 20mm Oerlikon guns

Machine guns

4 x 7.62mm
HMAS Westralia: 2 x 12.7mm

SAM launcher

HMAS Westralia: RBS-70


4 ships: Appleleaf – Bayleaf – Brambleleaf – Orangeleaf