A385 RFA Fort Rosalie

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

1978 to 1999 - A385 RFA Fort Grange    

2000 to present    

A385 RFA Fort Rosalie


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Flight Deck: FE
Call Sign: GSEU


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1971-novOrderedUK A385 RFA Fort Grange
1973-nov-9Laid downUK A385 RFA Fort Grange Yard No 737
1976-dec-9LaunchedUK A385 RFA Fort Grange as RFA Fort Grange
1978-febAircraftUK A385 RFA Fort Grange Assigned 706 Sq Sea King HAS.1 XV714 as Fort Grange Flt / 343-FG until c Sep 1978
1978-apr-6CommissionedUK A385 RFA Fort Grange
1978-apr-15HomeportUK A385 RFA Fort Grange Devonport, Plymouth
1978-nov-13AircraftUK A385 RFA Fort Grange Sea King XV666
1981-marDeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Grange Armilla Patrol deployed on Armilla Patrol with HMS Rothesay, HMS Newcastle and RFA Olna.
1982-may-14DeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Grange Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport (while still named RFA Fort Grange) for South Atlantic with 824 Squadron C Flt embarked. She left theatre on 17 Sep and disembarked the Flight to RNAS Culdrose on 2 Oct before returning on 3 Oct 1982.
1982-jul-11AircraftUK A385 RFA Fort Grange South Atlantic accident Sea King XV698
1986-apr-13AircraftUK A385 RFA Fort Grange 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-2Port VisitUK A385 RFA Fort Grange AUHMAS Kuttabul visited Sydney Harbour
1988-sep-26Port VisitUK A385 RFA Fort Grange AUHMAS Kuttabul Fleet Review: Australia Bi-centennial Naval Salute to Sydney for Australian Bi-centennial Fleet Review
1990-apr-18DeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Grange 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-23DeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Grange BDoff Chittagong Operation Manna Bangladesh Cyclone relief In Bay of Bengal for Cyclone relief operations, 826 NAS D Flt embarked.
1993-janDeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Grange 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-augDeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Grange 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-aprDeploymentUK A385 RFA Fort Grange HRDalmatian coast SFOR (stabilisation force) Off Splyt, Croatia as part of UN SFOR until Jan 2000.
2000-mayUK A385 RFA Fort Grange renamed from RFA Fort Grange to RFA Fort Rosalie
2000-mayDeploymentto Gibraltar to support HM Submarine Tireless, returning to HMNB Devonport on 16 May 2001.
2003-jan-15Deployment Operation Telic departed HMNB Devonport to support combat operations in Iraq. Commenced in theatre on 9 Feb, completing 28 May 2003.
2008-mayRefitRefit at Birkenhead until 2009
2009-jul-14Port Visitvisit to Cherbourg for Bastille Day celebrations
2010-aug-10 Fleet Review: 500 years anniversary of RDN .
2011DeploymentLYLibyan 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. Early Jun, delivered an Apache from Cyprus to HMS Ocean, off Libya.
2012-janDeploymentas Atlantic Patrol Task (North)
2012-feb-6Port VisitMXPuerto de Veracruz 4 day visit to Veracruz, Mexico
2012-jun-8Port VisitCUPort of Havana visited Havana, Cuba as part of British Culture Week (8-16 Jun 2012)
2013-jan-7Refitarrived Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, (after de-storing at Glenmallan on 3 Jan) for 5 month refit. Sailed from Birkenhead on 19 Oct.
2016-jul-12Port VisitIEDeepwater Quay Volvo Cork Week to Cork, for Cork Week



    from 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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