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A386 RFA Fort Austin

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

A386 RFA Fort Austin

IMO: 7342938
MMSI: 233261000
Flight Deck: FA
Call Sign: GSEV
Shipyard: Scott Lithgow (Greenock)


History of UK RFA Fort Austin A386

1975-dec-09Laid downLaid down Greenock Yard No 738
1979-jul-12HomeportHomeport arrived HMNB Devonport, Plymouth
1980-decDeploymentDeployment Armilla Patrol with RFA Tidepool, supported deployment to Middle East for Armilla Patrol, with HMS Ardent and HMS Apollo.
1981-jan-20DeploymentDeployment Strait of Hormuz (SN) Accident Recovered ditched 824 NAS Sea King HAS.2A XV665 by crane, after being towed to the ship by HMS Apollo.
1982-mar-29DeploymentDeployment Operation Corporate Departed Gibraltar from exercise for the South Atlantic, initially to support HMS Endurance. Left theatre 7 Jun 1982.
1983-febDeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) on Atlantic Patrol Task (South) in support of Royal Navy presence, until Dec 1983.
1984-junDeploymentDeployment SH Georgetown Departed Ascension Island for UK with 845 NAS Wessex HU.5 XT455 / YU embarked
1988-jun-02DeploymentDeployment Rockall visit to Rockall by embarked Sea Kings of 820 NAS
1989-jun-05AircraftAircraft Accident 826 NAS Sea King XV699 / 134 departed ship for RNAS Culdrose but conducted emergency landing at Pont Henri, nr Llanelli.
1991-jun-07AircraftAircraft embarked 826 NAS D Flt from RFA Fort Grange, until Aug 1991.
2000-mayDeploymentDeployment SL Freetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
2003-jan-15DeploymentDeployment Operation Telic departed UK for Arabian Gulf in support of 2nd Gulf War operations. Embarked 4 Sea King of 820 NAS. Returned to the Clyde on 29 May 2003.
2006-oct-11DeploymentDeployment SL Freetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) in support of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2007-febDeploymentDeployment support ship for CTF 158 in northern Arabian Gulf
2008-oct-04DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2008-oct-25Port VisitPort Visit 3 day visit to Douglas, Isle of Man.
2009-jul-14 to HMNB Portsmouth for planned period of extended lay-up.
2011-may-27RefitRefit departed HMNB Portsmouth under tow for refit at Cammell Laird Dry Dock No.5, on Merseyside.
2012-dec returned to the fleet after 3 years in reserve and a regeneration refit at Birkenhead
2013-jul equipment fit at Crombie, pre-deployment
2013-augDeploymentDeployment Cougar 13 departed UK for Middle East support duties as part of Ex Cougar 13. Relieved RFA Fort Victoria on station on 18 Oct to take over her role with CTF-151.
2014-mayAircraftAircraft embarked 857 NAS for Force Protection of the Coalition Task Force operating in the Persian Gulf, until Dec 2014.
2014-nov-07DeploymentDeployment IMCMEX 2014 International Mine Counter Measures Exercise 2014 participated in major multi-national Gulf exercise, together with a number of UK warships and MCM vessels.
2014-decAircraftAircraft embarked Sea King ASaC.7 from Normandy Flt of 849 NAS (relieving 857 NAS) for Force Protection of the Coalition Task Force operating in the Persian Gulf.
2017-apr crossed the Mersey to tie up at Birkenhead
2017-aug-15RefitRefit Birkenhead Accident damaged by fire during refit at Birkenhead. No injuries, but future not looking good. Still present Sep 2020.

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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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