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  • A388 RFA Fort George

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1993 to 2011    

    A388 RFA Fort George


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    IMO: 8800690
    MMSI: 233105000
    Flight Deck: FO
    Call Sign: GCOG
    Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Wallsend)


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    History of UK A388 RFA Fort George

    1989-mar-9Laid downSwan Hunter (Wallsend) at Wallsend, Yard No. 129
    1994-junAircraftdetachment of 819 NAS Sea Kings embarked until c Aug 1994.
    1996-apr-17Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for North Atlantic deployment. 845 NAS detachment embarked. Returned 24 Jun.
    1996-apr-26DeploymentUSSunny Point Military Ocean Terminal Collision collided with tug assisting its docking at Brunswick, NC.
    1997-jan-15Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport in support of Far East and Australasian deployment with Task Group 327.1, returning to HMNB Portsmouth on 27 Aug.
    1997-jul-15Port VisitAUFremantle Harbour visited Fremantle for 6 days, departed 21 Jul
    1997-dec-1Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 4 month Mediterranean and Adriatic deployment, returning 31 Mar 1998.
    1999RefitCIWS Phalanx 20 mm fitted with Phalanx CIWS
    1999-aug-20Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for planned Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean deployment. Diverted to join Sierra Leone operations in May 2000.
    2000-janDeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Peninsula departed UK for Arabian Gulf deployment with a detachment of 820 NAS embarked, but was diverted to Beira peninsula (Mozambique) for flood relief work.
    2000-may-7DeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser detached from Bay of Biscay to support Operation Palliser off Sierra Leone, returning via Canary Islands to Plymouth on 26 Jun.
    2001-may-6Refitrefit at Tyneside, until 3 Aug
    2001-nov-28Deploymentdeparted Devonport for Mediterranean and Indian Ocean deployment, returned 13 Jun 2002
    2003-mar-10Refitarrived at Greenock on the Clyde for c. 6 month refit. Departed 4 Sep.
    2006-mar-23Deploymentdeparted Portland for exercise off Southern Norway. Embarked 824 NAS detachment following day. Returned to Portland 6 Apr.
    2008-junRefitrefit at Birkenhead with Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd until c Nov 2008
    2009-jun-9Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 4 month deployment as Atlantic Patrol Tanker (North), 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8SRU ZD261/352 Fort George Flt embarked. Returned to Scotland 23 Oct.
    2009-jul-15Port Visitvisit to Montserrat, until 20 Jul
    2009-sep-7Port VisitPort of Spain visit to Trinidad, until 10 Sep.
    2010-mayDeployment Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in Joint exercise in Western Atlantic. Returned to Crombie 16 Aug 2010.
    2010-jun-23Port VisitCABedford Basin Fleet Review Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax, Nova Scotia for 7 days, including the International Fleet Review.
    2010-dec-9Port VisitFinal visit to Tyneside before decommissioning.
    2011-feb-22departed Plymouth for final time, arrived Liverpool on 23 Apr.
    2011-aprDecommissionedTo decommission as part of the UK Oct 2010 Strategic Defence Review
    2012-novFate: scrappedsold for scrap. Still present on Merseyside Jan 2013.
    2013-jan-16Fate: scrappedTRAliaga Shipbreakers departed Merseyside under tow for Layal breakers yard, Turkey. Arrived 5 Mar.



        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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    UK Royal Navy AW EH101 03
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 05
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 05

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    UK Swan Hunter (Wallsend), Wallsend

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