Round Table-class Landing Ship Logistics
Builder: Alexander Stephen and Sons, Linthouse, Glasgow, River Clyde.
Laid down: February 1965
Launched:19 April 1966
Commissioned:17 December 1966.
She was first managed for the British Army by the British-India Steam Navigation Company, before being transferred in 1970 to the RFA,
and was manned by Hong Kong Chinese civilian crew.
She could carry 340 troops or, when necessary, 534 for short periods.
Cargo capacity could include 16 light tanks, 34 mixed vehicles, 122 tonnes of fuel and 31 tonnes of ammunition.
Landing craft could be carried in place of lifeboats, but unloading was mainly handled by three onboard cranes.
In November and December 1970 Sir Galahad was involved in Operation Burlap giving humanitarian assistance
to East Pakistan after a cyclone caused extensive damage and flooding.
Sir Galahad was a part of the British task force during the Falklands War, sailing from HMNB Devonport on 6 April 1982, with 350 Royal Marines.On 8 June, while preparing to unload soldiers from the Welsh Guards, in Port Pleasant, Fitzroy, together with RFA Sir Tristram, Sir Galahad was attacked by three Skyhawks she was hit by two 500 lb (227 kg) bombs.
The explosions and subsequent fire caused the deaths of 48 crew and soldiers.
Following the air attack, the fires quickly began to burn out of control.
On 21 June, the hulk was towed out to sea by the RMAS Tug Typhoon and sunk by HMS Onyx using torpedoes; it is now an official war grave,
A replacement ship entered service in 1988, carrying the same name and pennant number.