A386 RFA Fort Austin

Royal Fleet Auxiliary




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A386 RFA Fort Austin

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Flight Deck: FA
Call Sign: GSEV


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1971-novOrdered
1975-dec-9Laid down
1978-mar-8Launched
1979-may-11Commissioned
1979-jul-12Homeportarrived HMNB Devonport, Plymouth
1980-decDeployment Armilla Patrol with RFA Tidepool, supported deployment to Middle East for Armilla Patrol, with HMS Ardent and HMS Apollo.
1982-mar-29Deployment Operation Corporate Departed Gibraltar from exercise for the South Atlantic, initially to support HMS Endurance. Left theatre 7 Jun 1982.
1983-febDeployment Atlantic Patrol Task (South) on Atlantic Patrol Task (South) in support of Royal Navy presence, until Dec 1983.
1988-jun-2DeploymentRockall visit to Rockall by embarked Sea Kings of 820 NAS
1991-jun-7Aircraftembarked 826 NAS D Flt from RFA Fort Grange, until Aug 1991.
2000-mayDeploymentFreetown Sierra Leone Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
2003-jan-15Deployment Operation Telic departed UK for Arabian Gulf in support of 2nd Gulf War operations. Embarked 4 Sea King of 820 NAS. Returned to the Clyde on 29 May 2003.
2006-oct-11DeploymentFreetown Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) in support of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2007-febDeploymentsupport ship for CTF 158 in northern Arabian Gulf
2008-oct-4DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2008-oct-25Port Visit3 day visit to Douglas, Isle of Man.
2009-jul-14to HMNB Portsmouth for planned period of extended lay-up.
2011-may-27Refitdeparted HMNB Portsmouth under tow for refit at Cammell Laird Dry Dock No.5, on Merseyside.
2012-decreturned to the fleet after 3 years in reserve and a regeneration refit at Birkenhead
2013-julequipment fit at Crombie, pre-deployment
2013-augDeployment Cougar 13 departed UK for Middle East support duties as part of Ex Cougar 13. Relieved RFA Fort Victoria on station on 18 Oct to take over her role with CTF-151.
2014-mayAircraftembarked 857 NAS for Force Protection of the Coalition Task Force operating in the Persian Gulf, until Dec 2014.
2014-nov-7DeploymentIMCMEX 2014 International Mine Counter Measures Exercise 2014 participated in major multi-national Gulf exercise, together with a number of UK warships and MCM vessels.
2014-decAircraftembarked Sea King ASaC.7 from Normandy Flt of 849 NAS (relieving 857 NAS) for Force Protection of the Coalition Task Force operating in the Persian Gulf.
2017-aprcrossed the Mersey to tie up at Birkenhead

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

Aircraft    

    Typical Max
Royal Navy Westland wessex 04
Royal Navy Westland sea king 04
Royal Navy AW eh.101 04

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder    

Scott Lithgow (Greenock), Greenock


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