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A388 RFA Fort George

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

A388 RFA Fort George

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


History of UK RFA Fort George A388

1989-mar-09Laid downLaid down Swan Hunter (Wallsend) at Wallsend, Yard No. 129
1994-junAircraftAircraft detachment of 819 NAS Sea Kings embarked until c Aug 1994.
1996-apr-17DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for North Atlantic deployment. 845 NAS detachment embarked. Returned 24 Jun.
1996-apr-26DeploymentDeployment US Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal Collision collided with tug assisting its docking at Brunswick, NC.
1997-jan-15DeploymentDeployment departed 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 VisitPort Visit AU Fremantle Harbour visited Fremantle for 6 days, departed 21 Jul
1997-dec-01DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for 4 month Mediterranean and Adriatic deployment, returning 31 Mar 1998.
1999RefitRefit CIWS Phalanx 20 mm fitted with Phalanx CIWS
1999-aug-20DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for planned Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean deployment. Diverted to join Sierra Leone operations in May 2000.
2000-janDeploymentDeployment Mozambique 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-07DeploymentDeployment SL Freetown 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-06RefitRefit refit at Tyneside, until 3 Aug
2001-nov-28DeploymentDeployment departed Devonport for Mediterranean and Indian Ocean deployment, returned 13 Jun 2002
2003-mar-10RefitRefit arrived at Greenock on the Clyde for c. 6 month refit. Departed 4 Sep.
2006-mar-23DeploymentDeployment departed Portland for exercise off Southern Norway. Embarked 824 NAS detachment following day. Returned to Portland 6 Apr.
2008-junRefitRefit refit at Birkenhead with Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd until c Nov 2008
2009-jun-09DeploymentDeployment departed 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 VisitPort Visit visit to Montserrat, until 20 Jul
2009-sep-07Port VisitPort Visit Port of Spain visit to Trinidad, until 10 Sep.
2010-mayDeploymentDeployment Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in Joint exercise in Western Atlantic. Returned to Crombie 16 Aug 2010.
2010-jun-23Port VisitPort Visit CA Bedford Basin Fleet Review Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax, Nova Scotia for 7 days, including the International Fleet Review.
2010-dec-09Port VisitPort Visit Final visit to Tyneside before decommissioning.
2011-feb-22 departed Plymouth for final time, arrived Liverpool on 23 Apr.
2011-aprDecommissionedDecommissioned To decommission as part of the UK Oct 2010 Strategic Defence Review
2012-novFate: scrappedFate: scrapped sold for scrap. Still present on Merseyside Jan 2013.
2013-jan-16Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped TR Aliaga Shipbreakers departed Merseyside under tow for Layal breakers yard, Turkey. Arrived 5 Mar.

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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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