A387 RFA Fort Victoria

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

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A387 RFA Fort Victoria


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Flight Deck: FV
Call Sign: GACE


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History of UK A387 RFA Fort Victoria

1988-apr-4Laid downYard No 1727
1990-jun-12LaunchedAs of Oct 2019, this was the last non-warship Naval vessel actually built in Belfast (others had undergone maintenance / refit).
1994-junCommissionedcommissioning delayed by IRA bombing
1998-jul-17Port Visitvisit to Latakia in company with HMS Marlborough
1999-feb-1RefitRosyth CIWS Phalanx 20 mm refit at Babcocks, until Jun 1999, fitted with Phalanx CIWS
2003-jan-18Deployment Operation Telic to support post-combat and reconstruction operations in Iraq, with 4 Merlin from 814 NAS embarked, completing 28 May 2003.
2006-julDeploymentLBoff Lebanon Operation Highbrow supported Royal Navy vessels in evacuation of British nationals from Beirut, during Israel-Lebanon war. Returned to UK on 8 Aug.
2007-aprHomeportin extended readiness until Mar 2009
2008-oct-21departed Portsmouth under tow for Birkenhead in preparation for refit.
2008-oct-27RefitCanada Dock refit at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead until 11 Nov 2009
2010-aug-29Deploymentdeparted 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.
2011-janDeploymentCompleted an anti-piracy support deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Somali Basin, with an 820 NAS Merlin embarked.
2011-febDeploymentrelieved RFA Bayleaf as Arabian Gulf Ready Tanker.
2011-sepDeploymentOperation Ocean Shield departed Dubai for anti-piracy deployment to Indian Ocean. 815NAS 229 Flt Lynx HMA.8SRU ZF562 embarked.
2011-oct-10DeploymentShips 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-21DeploymentOff the Horn of Africa, performing a RAS with HMS Somerset.
2012-may-3Aircraftembarked MH-60R from HSM-77 Saberhawks (usually deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln) while part of CTF-151.
2012-sep-24RefitAEAl Mina Port Rachid refitted in Dubai (destored to RFA Fort Rosalie beforehand), until 29 Nov
2013-janDeploymentCombined Task Force 53 Assigned as Support Ship to CTF 53 in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, following refit in Dubai. Relieved RFA Wave Ruler.
2014-febRefit10 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 VisitOMPort of Duqm Visited Duqm to assess suitability as a re-supply hub for Gulf and Indian Ocean operations
2015-decDeploymentCTF-152 Operating in the Gulf with Sea King ASaC.7 of 849 NAS Okinawa Flt embarked
2016-augDeploymentconducted RAS in Arabian Gulf, with HMAS Perth.
2016-sep-08NEWS Arabian Sea First Deployment for Australian MH-60R Seahawk
2018-janRefitBirkenhead 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.



    from Fort II class (1992)
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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