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  • L3007 RFA Lyme Bay

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    2007 to present    

    L3007 RFA Lyme Bay


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    IMO: 9240768
    Flight Deck: YB
    Call Sign: GCIB
    Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Wallsend)


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    History of UK L3007 RFA Lyme Bay

    2001-oct-1Laid downoriginally proposed to be named Aboukir Bay, Yard No. 142
    2005-aug-26Launchedhull built by Swan Hunter, but completed from Jul 2006 by BAE Systems at Govan.
    2008-feb-28Port VisitSHTristan da Cunha dispatched to South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha for emergency harbour repairs and to return an island Medical Officer from leave.
    2008-jul-21Port Visitvisited Liverpool for the 2008 Tall Ships event, with HMS Argyll.
    2009Deploymentto Middle East as main support for UK Mine Countermeasure force, returning Jul 2012.
    2012-julRefit5 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 ).
    2013-augDeployment Cougar 13 departed UK for Middle East support duties as part of Ex Cougar 13.
    2013-oct-16DeploymentOperation Atalanta detached from the Cougar 13 mission to support the EU counter piracy operation off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, until mid Nov.
    2014-mar-31DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
    2014-sepDeploymentALKepi i Pallit Exercise Albanian Lion In company with HMS Bulwark, supported pre-dawn practice assault on beaches near Rinia
    2014-sep-2DeploymentGIGibraltar Harbour Cougar 14 arrived in Gibraltar for Cougar 14 deployment, in company with HMS Bulwark and RFA Wave Knight.
    2015-mar-27TrialsSea trials with Merlin HC.3 for Junglie ship-borne operational parameters
    2015-apr-11DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 participated in JW 15-1, off NW Scotland
    2015-julDeploymentAtlantic Patrol Task (North) 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-15Port VisitKYGeorge Town HSB APT(N) Five day visit off Grand Cayman as part of APT(N) deployment.
    2015-jul-26Port VisitEmergency planning 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-4Deploymentordered from Caribbean, as part of British humanitarian aid after Hurricane Joaquin struck Crooked Island, Acklins Island and Long Island, part of the Bahamas group.
    2016-may-19DeploymentEastern Mediterranean Egyptair MS804 joined international search effort for Flight MS804
    2018-octDeploymentOMPort of Duqm 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-octDeploymentEGSuez Canal escorted by HMS Dragon through Suez Canal and Red Sea for their participation in Exercise Saif Sareea 3 in Oman.
    2018-oct-28NEWS Royal Navy Exercise Saif Sareea 3 off Oman
    2019-apr-2DeploymentLoch Ewe Amphibious Assault 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-sep-8Port VisitGreenwich Reach LISW 2019 At Greenwich for London International Shipping Week 2019. Hosted MCA AW189 G-MCGO on 13 Sep. Departed 14 Sep.
    2019-oct-5DeploymentNorth Western Approaches JW19-2 Exercise Joint Warrior 19-2 Participated in JW19-2
    2020-jan-20Portland Harbour Alongside at Portland
    2020-sep-16DeploymentLRG(X) part of Littoral Response Group (Experimental) deployment with HMS Albion and HMS Dragon for exercises across Mediterranean, North Africa and Black Sea.
    2021-mayBHMina Salman Port Operation Kipion Assumed Afloat Forward Support Base duties for Operation Kipion, after relieving RFA Cardigan Bay.



        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



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

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    UK Swan Hunter (Wallsend), Wallsend

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