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  • A387 RFA Fort Victoria

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1994 to present    

    A387 RFA Fort Victoria


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    IMO: 8606032
    MMSI: 233135000
    Flight Deck: FV
    Call Sign: GACE
    Shipyard: Harland and Wolff


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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.
    2020-sep-21DeploymentNorth Western Approaches JW 20-2 Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 Participated in Ex Joint Warrior 20-2 off NW Scotland
    2021-mar-19Port VisitPortland Harbour at Portland, until 4 Apr to take on stores, in Scotland.
    2021-apr-7Port VisitCrombie Taking on stores until 23 Apr.
    2021-apr-28NEWS UK Carrier Strike Group to Visit 40 Countries
    2021-may-3AircraftCSG21 embarked 3x Merlin HC.4 of 845 NAS B Flt, in preparation for CSG21 deployment. Includes ZJ127 / L and J Coy 42 Commando, RM.
    2021-may-10Port VisitPortland Harbour Accident Minor fire in the cold stores while alongside at Portland, led to much of the frozen food for the CSG21 group deployment to be condemned and removed. Incident highlighted a lack of resilience for CSG21, as this was the sole Solid Support Ship assigned to the Group.
    2021-jul-7DeploymentEGSuez Canal CSG21 Transit of Suez Canal from Mediterranean, with CSG21 main force.
    2021-aug-6Port VisitGUNaval Base Guam CSG21 arrived in Guam as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth group



        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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