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A385 RFA Fort Rosalie

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

1978 to 1999 - A385 RFA Fort Grange    
2023 to present - EG Egyptian Navy - 233 ENS Abu Simbel    

A385 RFA Fort Rosalie

IMO: 7341283
MMSI: 233063000
Flight Deck: FE
Call Sign: GSEU


History of UK RFA Fort Grange A385

1973-nov-09Laid downLaid down Yard No 737
1976-dec-09LaunchedLaunched as RFA Fort Grange
1978-febAircraftAircraft 1st RFA ship to be assigned Sea King HAS.1. 706 Sq XV714 as Fort Grange Flt / 343-FG until c Sep 1978.
1978-apr-15HomeportHomeport Devonport, Plymouth
1978-nov-13AircraftAircraft Sea King XV666
1981-marDeploymentDeployment Armilla Patrol deployed on Armilla Patrol with HMS Rothesay, HMS Newcastle and RFA Olna.
1982-may-14DeploymentDeployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport (while still named RFA Fort Grange) for South Atlantic with 824 Squadron C Flt embarked (XV697, XV698 and the recently transferred XV672, from 706 NAS). She left theatre on 17 Sep and disembarked the Flight to RNAS Culdrose on 2 Oct before returning on 3 Oct 1982.
1982-jul-11AircraftAircraft South Atlantic accident Sea King XV698
1982-nov-19 South Atlantic Departed HMNB Devonport, embarked 4x 826 NAS Sea King and sailed for South Atlantic arriving 31 Dec. Returned to UK 24 Jun 1983.
1986-apr-13AircraftAircraft GLOBAL 86 Embarked 3 Sea Kings of recently formed 814 NAS A Flt for initial operations of GLOBAL 86 deployment and in support of the RIMPAC 86 exercise. Dismbarked at end of Jul 1986 in Singapore.
1986-oct-02Port VisitPort Visit AU HMAS Kuttabul visited Sydney Harbour
1987-mar-10DeploymentDeployment sailed from Plymouth to Northern Norway to support Exercise Cold Winter 87, returned via Spithead.
1988-sep-26Port VisitPort Visit AU HMAS Kuttabul Fleet Review: Australia Bi-centennial Naval Salute to Sydney for Australian Bi-centennial Fleet Review
1990-apr-18DeploymentDeployment Task Group 318.1 departed Portsmouth for 10 week western North Atlantic deployment supporting TG 318.1, with HMS Ark Royal (flagship), HMS Glasgow, HMS Brave and HMS Cumberland and RFA Olna.
1991-apr-23DeploymentDeployment BD off Chittagong Operation Manna Bangladesh Cyclone relief In Bay of Bengal for Cyclone relief operations, 826 NAS D Flt embarked.
1993-janDeploymentDeployment Adriatic Sea UNPROFOR operated with 4 Sea King HAS.6 of 820 NAS in support of HMS Ark Royal off Bosnia, with RFA Olwen until Jul 1993.
1996-augDeploymentDeployment Task Group TG 333.01 departed from HMNB Portsmouth at end Aug 1996 supporting HMS Invincible and HMS Sheffield for exercises in Mediterranean and Persian Gulf (from Nov) before returning to Portsmouth during Dec.
1997-aprDeploymentDeployment HR Dalmatian coast SFOR (stabilisation force) Off Splyt, Croatia as part of UN SFOR until Jan 2000.
2000-may renamed from RFA Fort Grange to RFA Fort Rosalie

History of UK RFA Fort Rosalie A385

2000-mayDeploymentDeployment to Gibraltar to support HM Submarine Tireless, returning to HMNB Devonport on 16 May 2001.
2003-jan-15DeploymentDeployment Operation Telic departed HMNB Devonport to support combat operations in Iraq. Commenced in theatre on 9 Feb, completing 28 May 2003.
2008-mayRefitRefit Refit at Birkenhead until 2009
2009-jul-14Port VisitPort Visit visit to Cherbourg for Bastille Day celebrations
2010-aug-10 Fleet Review: 500 years anniversary of RDN .
2011-aprDeploymentDeployment LY Libyan coast Gulf of Sirte Operation Unified Protector supported the contribution to the international forces and the UK Response Force Task Group with ammunition and stores. On 11 Jun, delivered Apache AH.1 ZJ179 from Cyprus to HMS Ocean, off Libya.
2012-feb-02Port VisitPort Visit KY George Town HSB APT(N) in Caribbean as Atlantic Patrol Task (North) and arrived off Cayman Islands in early Feb 2012 for 4 day visit.
2012-feb-06Port VisitPort Visit MX Puerto de Veracruz 4 day visit to Veracruz, Mexico
2012-jun-08Port VisitPort Visit CU Port of Havana visited Havana, Cuba as part of British Culture Week (8-16 Jun 2012)
2013-jan-07RefitRefit arrived Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, (after de-storing at Glenmallan on 3 Jan) for 5 month refit. Sailed from Birkenhead on 19 Oct.
2016-jul-12Port VisitPort Visit IE Deepwater Quay Volvo Cork Week to Cork, for Cork Week
2021-oct-29Fate: transferedFate: transfered Sold sold to Egyptian Navy as Abu Simnel.

History of EG ENS Abu Simbel 233

2023-jul-06Port VisitPort Visit departed Birkenhead under tow, for Egypt

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Fort I class (1978)
8300light (tn)
23500full load (tn)
185.10length (m)
24beam (m)
9draught (m)
10000range (nm)
22max speed (knots)
23200power (shp)

1Naval Engine diesel

2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher

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