L3007 RFA Lyme Bay

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

2007 to present    

L3007 RFA Lyme Bay

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Flight Deck: YB
Call Sign: GCIB

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2001-oct-1Laid downoriginally proposed to be named Aboukir Bay
2005-aug-26Launchedbuilt by Swan Hunter, but completed from Jul 2006 by BAE Systems at Govan.
2008-febDeploymentdispatched to South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha for emergency harbour repairs
2008-jul-21Port Visitvisited Liverpool for the 2008 Tall Ships event, with HMS Argyll.
2009Deploymentto Middle East as main support for UK Mine Countermeasure force, returning Jul 2012.
2012-julRefit5 month refit at Falmouth for work on ballast water treatment system, overhaul to the main machinery and propulsion, re-paint and anti-fouling and new exhaust management arrangements, which completed in Dec.
2013-augDeployment Cougar 13 departed UK for Middle East support duties as part of Ex Cougar 13.
2013-oct-16DeploymentOperation Atalanta detached from the Cougar 13 mission to support the EU counter piracy operation off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, until mid Nov.
2014-mar-31DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
2014-sepDeploymentKepi i Pallit Exercise Albanian Lion In company with HMS Bulwark, supported pre-dawn practice assault on beaches near Rinia
2014-sep-2DeploymentGibraltar Harbour Cougar 14 arrived in Gibraltar for Cougar 14 deployment, in company with HMS Bulwark and RFA Wave Knight.
2015-mar-27TrialsSea trials with Merlin HC.3 for Junglie ship-borne operational parameters
2015-apr-11DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 participated in JW 15-1, off NW Scotland
2015-julDeploymentAtlantic Patrol Task (North) departed Falmouth for 6 month APT(N) deployment. Joined by 2x Lynx HMA.8 from 815 NAS flights. Returned to Falmouth 21 Dec.
2015-jul-26Port VisitEmergency planning visited Spanish Town (British Virgin Is.) for Emergency Planning reviews for 3 days, as part of her APT (N) deployment. Departed 29 Jul. 815 NAS 234 Flt Lynx HMA.8 ZD268/366 embarked.
2015-oct-4Deploymentordered from Caribbean, as part of British humanitarian aid after Hurricane Joaquin struck Crooked Island, Acklins Island and Long Island, part of the Bahamas group.
2016-may-19DeploymentEastern Mediterranean Egyptair MS804 joined international search effort for Flight MS804


    from Bay class
177length (m)
26beam (m)
5.10draught (m)
18max speed (knots)
4Naval Gun Mark 44 6 barrelled 7.62mm mingun
2Naval Gun Oerlikon 30mm cannon
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm


    Typical Max
Royal Air Force B 414 - H-47D Chinook 02
Royal Navy Westland Lynx 10

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