L3006 RFA Largs Bay

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

2011 to present - AU RAN - L100 HMAS Choules    



2006 to 2011    


L3006 RFA Largs Bay

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Call Sign: GCIA


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2000-dec-18Ordered
2001-oct-1Laid downoriginally proposed to be named Quiberon Bay
2003-jul-18Launched
2006-dec-17Commissioned
2007-mar-3Suffered engine room fire en route HMNB Devonport. Subsequently towed into Plymouth Sound, arriving on 6 Mar.
2007-nov-17Deployment815 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-junAircraftassigned 815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 ZD261 as Largs Bay Flt / 352 by Jun 2008 until c May 2009
2008-julPort VisitHMNB Portsmouth Meet Your Navy 2008 at HMNB Portsmouth 25-27 Jul 2008 for Meet Your Navy
2009Aircraft815 NAS 219 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked RFA Largs Bay for a South Atlantic deployment
2009-jul-4Port VisitTo George Town, Grand Cayman, departing 6 Jul.
2010-feb-3DeploymentHTPort au Prince 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-julDeployment Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in the Amphibious component of Ex Auriga, with USS Kearsarge, HMS Albion and HMS Ocean, until Aug 2010.
2011-aprDecommissionedTo decommission as part of the UK Oct 2010 Strategic Defence Review
2011-apr-6Fate: transferedSold to Australia as ADFS Choules.
2011-dec-13CommissionedAU L100 HMAS Choules AUFremantle Harbour Commissioning into RAN as HMAS Choules (L100) at Fremantle, to replace recently decommissioned HMAS Kanimbla.
2013-jul-15DeploymentAU L100 HMAS Choules AUSWBTA Talisman Saber 2013 Jul13 - Aug13 at the coast of Shoalwater Bay Training Area
2015-jul-7DeploymentAU L100 HMAS Choules AUDundee Beach Talisman Sabre 2015 participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre 15, carrying 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR).
2017-mar-28DeploymentAU L100 HMAS Choules AUHamilton Island Relief Operations Cyclone Debbie called at Brisbane to take on emergency relief supplies for Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

Specifications    

    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

Aircraft    

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

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder    

UK Swan Hunter, Wallsend


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