UK Fort II class (1992)

UK Fort I class (1978)
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Support Ship Fort II class (1992)


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32300full load (tn)
203.90length (m)
30.40beam (m)
9.70draught (m)
22max speed (knots)
2Naval Engine diesel - SEMT Pielstick
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
2Chaff and decoys Seagnat
1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 182


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UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA388RFA Fort GeorgeGCOG - FO19932011
UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA387RFA Fort VictoriaGACE - FV1994--

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1986-apr-24OrderedUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria
1987-dec-18OrderedUK A388 RFA Fort George
1988-apr-4Laid downUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Yard No 1727
1989-mar-9Laid downUK A388 RFA Fort George Yard No. 129
1990-jun-12LaunchedUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria As of Oct 2019, this was the last non-warship Naval vessel actually built in Belfast (others had undergone maintenance / refit).
1991-mar-1LaunchedUK A388 RFA Fort George
1993-jul-16CommissionedUK A388 RFA Fort George
1994-junCommissionedUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria commissioning delayed by IRA bombing
1994-junAircraftUK A388 RFA Fort George detachment of 819 NAS Sea Kings embarked until c Aug 1994.
1996-apr-17DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George departed HMNB Devonport for North Atlantic deployment. 845 NAS detachment embarked. Returned 24 Jun.
1996-apr-26DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George collided with tug assisting its docking at Brunswick, NC.
1997-jan-15DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George departed HMNB Devonport in support of Far East and Australasian deployment with Task Group 327.1, returning to HMNB Portsmouth on 27 Aug.
1997-jul-15Port VisitUK A388 RFA Fort George visited Fremantle for 6 days, departed 21 Jul
1997-dec-1DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George departed HMNB Devonport for 4 month Mediterranean and Adriatic deployment, returning 31 Mar 1998.
1998-jul-17Port VisitUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria visit to Latakia in company with HMS Marlborough
1999RefitUK A388 RFA Fort George CIWS Phalanx 20 mm fitted with Phalanx CIWS
1999-feb-1RefitUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria CIWS Phalanx 20 mm refit at Babcocks, until Jun 1999, fitted with Phalanx CIWS
1999-aug-20DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George departed HMNB Devonport for planned Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean deployment. Diverted to join Sierra Leone operations in May 2000.
2000-janDeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George departed UK for Arabian Gulf deployment with a detachment of 820 NAS embarked, but was diverted to Beira peninsula (Mozambique) for flood relief work.
2000-may-7DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George Operation Palliser detached from Bay of Biscay to support Operation Palliser off Sierra Leone, returning via Canary Islands to Plymouth on 26 Jun.
2001-may-6RefitUK A388 RFA Fort George refit at Tyneside, until 3 Aug
2001-nov-28DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George departed Devonport for Mediterranean and Indian Ocean deployment, returned 13 Jun 2002
2003-jan-18DeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Operation Telic to support post-combat and reconstruction operations in Iraq, with 4 Merlin from 814 NAS embarked, completing 28 May 2003.
2003-mar-10RefitUK A388 RFA Fort George arrived at Greenock on the Clyde for c. 6 month refit. Departed 4 Sep.
2006-mar-23DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George departed Portland for exercise off Southern Norway. Embarked 824 NAS detachment following day. Returned to Portland 6 Apr.
2006-julDeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Operation Highbrow supported Royal Navy vessels in evacuation of British nationals from Beirut, during Israel-Lebanon war. Returned to UK on 8 Aug.
2007-aprHomeportUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria in extended readiness until Mar 2009
2008-junRefitUK A388 RFA Fort George refit at Birkenhead with Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd until c Nov 2008
2008-oct-21UK A387 RFA Fort Victoria departed Portsmouth under tow for Birkenhead in preparation for refit.
2008-oct-27RefitUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria refit at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead until 11 Nov 2009
2009-jun-9DeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George departed HMNB Devonport for 4 month deployment as Atlantic Patrol Tanker (North), 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8SRU ZD261/352 Fort George Flt embarked. Returned to Scotland 23 Oct.
2009-jul-15Port VisitUK A388 RFA Fort George visit to Montserrat, until 20 Jul
2009-sep-7Port VisitUK A388 RFA Fort George visit to Trinidad, until 10 Sep.
2010-mayDeploymentUK A388 RFA Fort George Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in Joint exercise in Western Atlantic. Returned to Crombie 16 Aug 2010.
2010-jun-23Port VisitUK A388 RFA Fort George Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax, Nova Scotia for 7 days, including the International Fleet Review.
2010-aug-29DeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria departed Scotland for a 40 month Middle East waters and Indian Ocean deployment with anti-piracy force CTF-151. Relieved on station by RFA Fort Austin on 18 Oct 2013 and returned to Crombie on 9 Dec.
2010-dec-9Port VisitUK A388 RFA Fort George Final visit to Tyneside before decommissioning.
2011-janDeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Completed an anti-piracy support deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Somali Basin, with an 820 NAS Merlin embarked.
2011-febDeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria relieved RFA Bayleaf as Arabian Gulf Ready Tanker.
2011-aprDecommissionedUK A388 RFA Fort George To decommission as part of the UK Oct 2010 Strategic Defence Review
2011-sepDeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria departed Dubai for anti-piracy deployment to Indian Ocean. 815NAS 229 Flt Lynx HMA.8SRU ZF562 embarked.
2011-oct-10DeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Ships Flt Lynx came to aid of hi-jacked mv Montecristo, c 550 nm E of Somalia and re-took the ship with a Royal Marine boarding party.
2011-nov-21DeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Off the Horn of Africa, performing a RAS with HMS Somerset.
2012-may-3AircraftUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria embarked MH-60R from HSM-77 Saberhawks (usually deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln) while part of CTF-151.
2012-sep-24RefitUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria refitted in Dubai (destored to RFA Fort Rosalie beforehand), until 29 Nov
2012-novFate: scrappedUK A388 RFA Fort George sold for scrap. Still present on Merseyside Jan 2013.
2013-janDeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Assigned as Support Ship to CTF 53 in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, following refit in Dubai. Relieved RFA Wave Ruler.
2013-jan-16Fate: scrappedUK A388 RFA Fort George departed Merseyside under tow for Layal breakers yard, Turkey. Arrived 5 Mar.
2014-febRefitUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria 10 month refit at Birkenhead, which included overhaul of both main engines and replacement of both propellors and 6 diesel generators. Completed Jan 2015
2015-novPort VisitUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Visited Duqm to assess suitability as a re-supply hub for Gulf and Indian Ocean operations
2015-decDeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Operating in the Gulf with Sea King ASaC.7 of 849 NAS Okinawa Flt embarked
2016-augDeploymentUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria conducted RAS in Arabian Gulf, with HMAS Perth.
2018-janRefitUK A387 RFA Fort Victoria Departed Birkenhead after completion of refit on 26 Oct 2018. Apart from usual overhauls and repaint, she was fitted with a fast, high-capacity Heavy Replenishment at Sea (HRAS) system to support rapid solid stores supply to the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers and retrofitted with a limited double hull for the oil and aviation fuel tanks.

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