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    Landing Ship/Platform Dock Bay class


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    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


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        Typical Max
    UK Royal Air Force B 414 - H-47D Chinook 02
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 10
    AU Australian Army B CH-47F Chinook 02

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    UK Kvaerner (Govan) - Govan2
    UK Swan Hunter (Wallsend) - Wallsend2

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    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryL3006RFA Largs BayGCIA20062011
    AU RAN L100 HMAS Choules 2011--
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryL3008RFA Mounts BayGCIC - MB2006--
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryL3007RFA Lyme BayGCIB - YB2007--
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryL3009RFA Cardigan BayGCID - CB2007--

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    2000-dec-18OrderedUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay
    2000-dec-18OrderedUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay
    2001-oct-1Laid downUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay originally proposed to be named Quiberon Bay
    2001-oct-1Laid downUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay originally proposed to be named Aboukir Bay, Yard No. 142
    2001-nov-19OrderedUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay
    2001-nov-19OrderedUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay ordered in batch of two with RFA Mounts Bay.
    2001-nov-19OrderedUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay ordered in batch of two with RFA Cardigan Bay.
    2002-jan-14Laid downUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Kvaerner had become part of BAE Systems by this time. Yard no 323.
    2003-jul-18LaunchedUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay
    2004-apr-19LaunchedUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay
    2005-apr-9LaunchedUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay Kvaener had become part of BAE Systems, Yard No. 324
    2005-aug-26LaunchedUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay hull built by Swan Hunter, but completed from Jul 2006 by BAE Systems at Govan.
    2006-mar-2TrialsUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay contractors trials before final completion.
    2006-julHomeportUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay accepted from builders at Falmouth
    2006-sep-15CommissionedUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay at Falmouth
    2006-oct-11DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Operation Vela (Green Eagle) in support of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
    2006-nov-17HomeportUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay arrived at A and P Falmouth
    2006-dec-17CommissionedUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay
    2007-mar-3UK L3006 RFA Largs Bay Suffered engine room fire en route HMNB Devonport. Subsequently towed into Plymouth Sound, arriving on 6 Mar.
    2007-mar-6CommissionedUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay at Portland
    2007-aug-8CommissionedUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay
    2007-nov-17DeploymentUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay 815 NAS 215 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked RFA Largs Bay for a 7 month anti-narcotics mission in the Caribbean, returning in Jun 2008.
    2008-janDeploymentUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay Operation Telic Towards end of month RFA Cardigan Bay deployed to the Arabian Gulf for a 3 year mission to assist in the training of the Iraqi Navy, returning to Portsmouth on 7 Jan 2011.
    2008-feb-28Port VisitUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay dispatched to South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha for emergency harbour repairs and to return an island Medical Officer from leave.
    2008-junAircraftUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay assigned 815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 ZD261 as Largs Bay Flt / 352 by Jun 2008 until c May 2009
    2008-jun-4Port VisitUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay visiting Grand Cayman
    2008-julPort VisitUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay at HMNB Portsmouth 25-27 Jul 2008 for Meet Your Navy
    2008-jul-21Port VisitUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay visited Liverpool for the 2008 Tall Ships event, with HMS Argyll.
    2008-oct-4DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
    2009AircraftUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay 815 NAS 219 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked RFA Largs Bay for a South Atlantic deployment
    2009DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay to Middle East as main support for UK Mine Countermeasure force, returning Jul 2012.
    2009-jul-4Port VisitUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay To George Town, Grand Cayman, departing 6 Jul.
    2009-sep-5Port VisitUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay present at Plymouth Navy Days 2009.
    2010-feb-3DeploymentUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay Operation Panlake In response to the magnitude 7.0 earthquake which hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010, RFA Largs Bay left SMC Marchwood on her humanitarian mission arriving off Port au Prince on 18 Feb, returning on 29 Mar.
    2010-julDeploymentUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in the Amphibious component of Ex Auriga, with USS Kearsarge, HMS Albion and HMS Ocean, until Aug 2010.
    2011-aprDecommissionedUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay To decommission as part of the UK Oct 2010 Strategic Defence Review
    2011-aprDeploymentUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay departed UK for Mediterranean as part of Response Force Task Group in support of possible operations against Libya.
    2011-aprDeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Operation Unified Protector departed UK for Mediterranean with HMS Ocean as part of Response Force Task Group in support of possible operations against Libya.
    2011-apr-6Fate: transferedUK L3006 RFA Largs Bay Sold to Australia as ADFS Choules.
    2011-aug-26Port VisitUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay arrived in Falmouth after de-storing in Plymouth, in preparation for refit.
    2011-sep-10RefitUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay commenced 5 month refit at A and P Falmouth, completed 25 Feb 2012
    2011-oct-2Port VisitUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Arrived in Falmouth for a week-long visit, departing on 9 Oct.
    2011-oct-25DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Staff College Sea Days 2011 Supported HMS Bulwark in demonstration Royal Marine assault on Browndown Beach, near Gosport.
    2011-dec-13CommissionedAU L100 HMAS Choules into RAN as HMAS Choules (L100) at Fremantle, to replace recently decommissioned HMAS Kanimbla.
    2012-mayDeploymentUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay departed UK for Middle East and Indian Ocean extended deployment. Returned to UK Jul 2016.
    2012-julRefitUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay 5 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. ( Pictured (Pic1) on 16 Jul 2012 ).
    2012-jul-24DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay took up station off Weymouth in support of Police maritime security operations for the London 2012 Olympic sailing events. Supported by HMS Bulwark.
    2012-octDeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay departed UK for 3 month Cougar 12 deployment in the Mediterranean
    2013-jun-10TrialsUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay embarked 700(W) NAS for day and night Wildcat landing trials off Portland
    2013-jul-15DeploymentAU L100 HMAS Choules Talisman Saber 2013 Jul13 - Aug13 at the coast of Shoalwater Bay Training Area
    2013-augDeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Cougar 13 departed UK for Middle East support duties as part of Ex Cougar 13.
    2013-augDeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Cougar 13 departed UK for Middle East support duties as part of Ex Cougar 13.
    2013-sepAircraftUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 re-assigned from HMS Dragon while on station in the Gulf, supporting UK mine hunters. Embarked team of 831 Flight to test the ScanEagle
    2013-oct-16DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay detached from the Cougar 13 mission to support the EU counter piracy operation off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, until mid Nov.
    2014-marAircraftUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ725/337 as Ships Flt by Mar 2014, still Jun 2015
    2014-mar-31DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
    2014-julDeploymentUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay interoperated with US Army AH-64 of 3-159Bn 42nd CAB during Exercise Spartan Kopis off Bahrain.
    2014-sepDeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay In company with HMS Bulwark, supported pre-dawn practice assault on beaches near Rinia
    2014-sep-2DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay arrived in Gibraltar for Cougar 14 deployment, in company with HMS Bulwark and RFA Wave Knight.
    2014-nov-7DeploymentUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay International Mine Counter Measures Exercise 2014 participated in major multi-national Gulf exercise, together with a number of UK warships and MCM vessels.
    2015-janRefitUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay refit at A&P Falmouth for updates to machinery, accommodation areas and sick bay.
    2015-mar-27TrialsUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Sea trials with Merlin HC.3 for Junglie ship-borne operational parameters
    2015-apr-11DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 participated in JW 15-1, off NW Scotland
    2015-julDeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay 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-7DeploymentAU L100 HMAS Choules Talisman Sabre 2015 participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre 15, carrying 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR).
    2015-jul-15Port VisitUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Five day visit off Grand Cayman as part of APT(N) deployment.
    2015-jul-26Port VisitUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay 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-4DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay ordered from Caribbean, as part of British humanitarian aid after Hurricane Joaquin struck Crooked Island, Acklins Island and Long Island, part of the Bahamas group.
    2015-nov-17TrialsUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Operational assessment following work up after refit.
    2016-jan-7DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay departed Falmouth to SMC Marchwood for loading, prior to sailing for the Mediterranean on amphibious support deployment. To be joined on station by an 825 NAS Wildcat.
    2016-mar-5DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay SNMG2 825 NAS Wildcat (from Seeb) to join with ship for NATO SNMG2 deployment in Aegean Sea, between Greece and Turkey.
    2016-may-5AircraftUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay assigned 825 NAS Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ522 as ships flight
    2016-may-19DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay joined international search effort for Flight MS804
    2016-jun-6Port VisitUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay SNMG2 visit to Piraeus while with SNMG2 on migrant patrol
    2016-jul-14RefitUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay commenced 5 month refit at A and P Falmouth
    2016-sep-19DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) 2016 joined JEFM2016 in support of HMS Ocean and HMS Bulwark.
    2017-jan-31DeploymentUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay Exercise Unified Trident participated with CTF50 for multi-national Ex Unified Trident in Persian Gulf until 2 Feb.
    2017-mar-28DeploymentAU L100 HMAS Choules Cyclone Debbie called at Brisbane to take on emergency relief supplies for Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.
    2017-jun-30DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Departed Falmouth for Caribbean on 11 Jun as APT(N) to relieve RFA Wave Knight on station at Fort de France. 815 Sq 216 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ530 embarked. Returned to UK on 24 Nov 2017.
    2017-jul-8DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Landed vehicles and stores via Mexflotte on Governors Beach, while anchored in Hog Sty Bay.
    2017-sep-6DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations stationed off Sandy Ground, Anguilla for relief operations in Hurricane Irma aftermath
    2017-sep-22DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations launched embarked Lynx, to rescue souls from capsized vessel off Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria had swept through.
    2018-marTrialsAU L100 HMAS Choules Conducted first of type operating trials in the Coral Sea with Army CH-47F A15-306, from 5 Avn Regt.
    2018-mar-11Port VisitUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay visited Hamad Port, Qatar
    2018-octDeploymentUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay Exercise Saif Sareea 3 Participated in Joint UK-Omani Ex SS3 as Minehunter Squadron support ship. To be relieved in Middle East by RFA Lyme Bay on completion.
    2018-octDeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Exercise Saif Sareea 3 Participated in Joint UK-Omani Ex SS3 as Amphibious support ship. To re-role and relieve RFA Cardigan Bay as resident Minehunter Squadron support ship, in Middle East on completion.
    2018-octDeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay escorted by HMS Dragon through Suez Canal and Red Sea for their participation in Exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman.
    2019-mar-17DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay arrived in Norfolk, VA for a two week mine countermeasure trial, with a US Navy embarked team from its Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2. In support will be HSC-2 and HSC-28 both from NAS Norfolk (Chambers Field).
    2019-apr-2DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Exercise Joint Warrior 19-1 2 Apr 2019 with a contingent of Marines, conducted an amphibious assault, as part of the Albion Task Group in the opening week of JW19-1.
    2019-may-18DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Arrived in Bermuda for start of Hurricane Season precautions.
    2019-sep-6DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Attended Bahamas to support in aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in co-operation with Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Air Support Unit H145 X-Ray 1, until 12 Sep.
    2019-sep-8Port VisitUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay At Greenwich for London International Shipping Week 2019. Hosted MCA AW189 G-MCGO on 13 Sep. Departed 14 Sep.
    2019-octAircraftUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay 815 NAS 211 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked
    2019-oct-5DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Exercise Joint Warrior 19-2 Participated in JW19-2
    2020-jan-2AircraftAU L100 HMAS Choules Australian Bushfires 2019-2020 standing off Mallacoota in company with mv Sycamore, to assist in evacuation of population after some of the worst bush fires in Australian recorded history. HMAS Choules deployed with 808 Sq NH-90 A40-045 embarked.
    2020-jan-20UK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Alongside at Portland
    2020-jan-30Port VisitUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Visited St Johns Antigua, until 3 Feb.
    2020-mar-17DeploymentUK L3008 RFA Mounts Bay Returned to Portland to de-store after a 3 year Caribbean deployment. To Falmouth shortly, for refit.
    2020-sep-16DeploymentUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay part of Littoral Response Group (Experimental) deployment with HMS Albion and HMS Dragon for exercises across Mediterranean, North Africa and Black Sea.
    2021-mayDeploymentUK L3009 RFA Cardigan Bay relieved by RFA Lyme Bay for Operation Kipion, as Afloat Forward Support Base, after a 4 year deployment.
    2021-mayUK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay Assumed Afloat Forward Support Base duties for Operation Kipion, after relieving RFA Cardigan Bay.

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