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HMS Abatos

Coordinates: 50°53′35″N 1°22′41″W / 50.893°N 1.378°W / 50.893; -1.378

Career (UK)
Name: HMS Abatos
Commissioned: 21 September 1943
Decommissioned: March 1946
Fate: Decommissioned and closed down
General characteristics
Class & type: Stone frigate

HMS Abatos was a Royal Navy Shore establishment responsible for the planning of PLUTO,[1] the undersea pipeline that supplied the allied troops with fuel during the liberation of Europe in 1944, after D-Day. There was another PLUTO training establishment at Tilbury, under the name HMS Abastor.

The Admiralty requisitioned the remains of the Supermarine factory in Woolston, Southampton in 1943.[2] The base was commissioned on 21 September 1943 as a tender to HMS Shrapnel. Just before D-Day, the force established headquarters at 21 Upper Vicarage Road, Woolston[3] The headquarters had shifted to Norfolk House by 1945, and moved again in 26 November 1945 to Rex House. Abatos was paid off in March 1946, though no new appointments had been made in the navy list of October 1945. The establishment had one designated depot ship, the Naval Auxiliary Boat Gondolier Prince.


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