A385 RFA Fort Grange

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

2000 to present - A385 RFA Fort Rosalie    



1978 to 1999    


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Flight Deck: FG
Call Sign: GSEU


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1971-novOrdered
1973-nov-9Laid downYard No 737
1976-dec-9Launchedas RFA Fort Grange
1978-febAircraftAssigned 706 Sq Sea King HAS.1 XV714 as Fort Grange Flt / 343-FG until c Sep 1978
1978-apr-6Commissioned
1978-apr-15HomeportDevonport, Plymouth
1978-nov-13AircraftSea King XV666
1981-marDeployment Armilla Patrol deployed on Armilla Patrol with HMS Rothesay, HMS Newcastle and RFA Olna.
1982-may-14Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport (while still named RFA Fort Grange) for South Atlantic with 824 Squadron C Flt embarked. She left theatre on 17 Sep and disembarked the Flight to RNAS Culdrose on 2 Oct before returning on 3 Oct 1982.
1982-jul-11AircraftSouth Atlantic accident Sea King XV698
1986-oct-2Port VisitAUHMAS Kuttabul visited Sydney Harbour
1988-sep-26Port VisitAUHMAS Kuttabul Fleet Review: Australia Bi-centennial Naval Salute to Sydney for Australian Bi-centennial Fleet Review
1990-apr-18DeploymentTask Group 318.1 departed Portsmouth for 10 week western North Atlantic deployment supporting TG 318.1, with HMS Ark Royal (flagship), HMS Glasgow, HMS Brave and HMS Cumberland and RFA Olna.
1991-apr-23DeploymentBDoff Chittagong Operation Manna Bangladesh Cyclone relief In Bay of Bengal for Cyclone relief operations, 826 NAS D Flt embarked.
1993-janDeploymentAdriatic Sea UNPROFOR operated with 4 Sea King HAS.6 of 820 NAS in support of HMS Ark Royal off Bosnia, with RFA Olwen until Jul 1993.
1996-augDeploymentTask Group TG 333.01 departed from HMNB Portsmouth at end Aug 1996 supporting HMS Invincible and HMS Sheffield for exercises in Mediterranean and Persian Gulf (from Nov) before returning to Portsmouth during Dec.
1997-aprDeploymentHRDalmatian coast SFOR (stabilisation force) Off Splyt, Croatia as part of UN SFOR until Jan 2000.
2000-mayrenamed from RFA Fort Grange to RFA Fort Rosalie
2000-mayDeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie to Gibraltar to support HM Submarine Tireless, returning to HMNB Devonport on 16 May 2001.
2003-jan-15DeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie Operation Telic departed HMNB Devonport to support combat operations in Iraq. Commenced in theatre on 9 Feb, completing 28 May 2003.
2008-mayRefitUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie Refit at Birkenhead until 2009
2009-jul-14Port VisitUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie visit to Cherbourg for Bastille Day celebrations
2010-aug-10UK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie Fleet Review: 500 years anniversary of RDN .
2011DeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie LYLibyan coast Gulf of Sirte Operation Unified Protector supported the contribution to the international forces and the UK Response Force Task Group with ammunition and stores. Early Jun, delivered an Apache from Cyprus to HMS Ocean, off Libya.
2012-janDeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie as Atlantic Patrol Task (North)
2012-feb-6Port VisitUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie MXPuerto de Veracruz 4 day visit to Veracruz, Mexico
2012-jun-8Port VisitUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie CUPort of Havana visited Havana, Cuba as part of British Culture Week (8-16 Jun 2012)
2013-jan-7RefitUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie arrived Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, (after de-storing at Glenmallan on 3 Jan) for 5 month refit. Sailed from Birkenhead on 19 Oct.
2016-jul-12Port VisitUK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie IEDeepwater Quay Volvo Cork Week to Cork, for Cork Week

Specifications    

    from Fort I class (1978)
8300light (tn)
23500full load (tn)
185.10length (m)
24beam (m)
9draught (m)
10000range (nm)
22max speed (knots)
23200power (shp)
1Naval Engine diesel
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher

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