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  • 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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    History of UK A385 RFA Fort Grange

    1973-nov-9Laid downYard No 737
    1976-dec-9Launchedas RFA Fort Grange
    1978-febAircraft1st RFA ship to be assigned Sea King HAS.1. 706 Sq XV714 as Fort Grange Flt / 343-FG until c Sep 1978.
    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 (XV697, XV698 and the recently transferred XV672, from 706 NAS). 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
    1982-nov-19South Atlantic Departed HMNB Devonport, embarked 4x 826 NAS Sea King and sailed for South Atlantic arriving 31 Dec. Returned to UK 24 Jun 1983.
    1986-apr-13AircraftGLOBAL 86 Embarked 3 Sea Kings of recently formed 814 NAS A Flt for initial operations of GLOBAL 86 deployment and in support of the RIMPAC 86 exercise. Dismbarked at end of Jul 1986 in Singapore.
    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

    History of UK A385 RFA Fort Rosalie

    2000-mayDeploymentto Gibraltar to support HM Submarine Tireless, returning to HMNB Devonport on 16 May 2001.
    2003-jan-15Deployment Operation Telic departed HMNB Devonport to support combat operations in Iraq. Commenced in theatre on 9 Feb, completing 28 May 2003.
    2008-mayRefitRefit at Birkenhead until 2009
    2009-jul-14Port Visitvisit to Cherbourg for Bastille Day celebrations
    2010-aug-10 Fleet Review: 500 years anniversary of RDN .
    2011-aprDeploymentLYLibyan 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. On 11 Jun, delivered Apache AH.1 ZJ179 from Cyprus to HMS Ocean, off Libya.
    2012-feb-2Port VisitKYGeorge Town HSB APT(N) in Caribbean as Atlantic Patrol Task (North) and arrived off Cayman Islands in early Feb 2012 for 4 day visit.
    2012-feb-6Port VisitMXPuerto de Veracruz 4 day visit to Veracruz, Mexico
    2012-jun-8Port VisitCUPort of Havana visited Havana, Cuba as part of British Culture Week (8-16 Jun 2012)
    2013-jan-7Refitarrived Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, (after de-storing at Glenmallan on 3 Jan) for 5 month refit. Sailed from Birkenhead on 19 Oct.
    2016-jul-12Port VisitIEDeepwater Quay Volvo Cork Week to Cork, for Cork Week



        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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