L3008 RFA Mounts Bay

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary




2006 to present    


L3008 RFA Mounts Bay

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Flight Deck: MB
Call Sign: GCIC


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2002-jan-14Laid downKvaerner had become part of BAE Systems by this time
2004-apr-19Launched
2006-julHomeportaccepted from builders at Falmouth
2006-sep-15Commissionedat Falmouth
2006-oct-11DeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) in support of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2008-oct-4DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2011-aprDeployment 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-oct-2Port VisitArrived in Falmouth for a week-long visit, departing on 9 Oct.
2011-oct-25Deployment Staff College Sea Days 2011 Supported HMS Bulwark in demonstration Royal Marine assault on Browndown Beach, near Gosport.
2012-jul-24DeploymentPortland Harbour took up station off Weymouth in support of Police maritime security operations for the London 2012 Olympic sailing events. Supported by HMS Bulwark.
2012-octDeploymentdeparted UK for 3 month Cougar 12 deployment in the Mediterranean
2013-jun-10Trialsembarked 700(W) NAS for day and night Wildcat landing trials off Portland
2013-augDeployment Cougar 13 departed UK for Middle East support duties as part of Ex Cougar 13.
2015-janRefitrefit at A&P Falmouth for updates to machinery, accommodation areas and sick bay.
2015-nov-17TrialsOperational assessment following work up after refit.
2016-jan-7Deploymentdeparted 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-5Deployment SNMG2 825 NAS Wildcat (from Seeb) to join with ship for NATO SNMG2 deployment in Aegean Sea, between Greece and Turkey.
2016-may-5AircraftGIRAF Gibraltar assigned 825 NAS Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ522 as ships flight
2016-sep-19DeploymentJEFM2016 Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) 2016 joined JEFM2016 in support of HMS Ocean and HMS Bulwark.
2017-jun-30DeploymentMQFort Saint-Louis APT(N) 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-sep-6DeploymentAISandy Ground Hurricane Irma relief Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations stationed off Sandy Ground, Anguilla for relief operations in Hurricane Irma aftermath

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

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Builder    

UK Kvaerner (Govan), Govan


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