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  • A386 RFA Fort Austin

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    1979 to present    

    A386 RFA Fort Austin


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


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    History of UK A386 RFA Fort Austin

    1975-dec-9Laid downGreenock Yard No 738
    1979-jul-12Homeportarrived HMNB Devonport, Plymouth
    1980-decDeployment Armilla Patrol with RFA Tidepool, supported deployment to Middle East for Armilla Patrol, with HMS Ardent and HMS Apollo.
    1981-jan-20DeploymentStrait 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-29Deployment Operation Corporate Departed Gibraltar from exercise for the South Atlantic, initially to support HMS Endurance. Left theatre 7 Jun 1982.
    1983-febDeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) on Atlantic Patrol Task (South) in support of Royal Navy presence, until Dec 1983.
    1984-junDeploymentSHGeorgetown Departed Ascension Island for UK with 845 NAS Wessex HU.5 XT455 / YU embarked
    1988-jun-2DeploymentRockall visit to Rockall by embarked Sea Kings of 820 NAS
    1989-jun-5AircraftAccident 826 NAS Sea King XV699 / 134 departed ship for RNAS Culdrose but conducted emergency landing at Pont Henri, nr Llanelli.
    1991-jun-7Aircraftembarked 826 NAS D Flt from RFA Fort Grange, until Aug 1991.
    2000-mayDeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
    2003-jan-15Deployment 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-11DeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) in support of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
    2007-febDeploymentsupport ship for CTF 158 in northern Arabian Gulf
    2008-oct-4DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
    2008-oct-25Port Visit3 day visit to Douglas, Isle of Man.
    2009-jul-14to HMNB Portsmouth for planned period of extended lay-up.
    2011-may-27Refitdeparted HMNB Portsmouth under tow for refit at Cammell Laird Dry Dock No.5, on Merseyside.
    2012-decreturned to the fleet after 3 years in reserve and a regeneration refit at Birkenhead
    2013-julequipment fit at Crombie, pre-deployment
    2013-augDeployment 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-mayAircraftembarked 857 NAS for Force Protection of the Coalition Task Force operating in the Persian Gulf, until Dec 2014.
    2014-nov-7DeploymentIMCMEX 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-decAircraftembarked 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-aprcrossed the Mersey to tie up at Birkenhead
    2017-aug-15RefitBirkenhead Accident damaged by fire during refit at Birkenhead. No injuries, but future not looking good. Still present Sep 2020.



        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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    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 04
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 04
    UK Royal Navy AW EH101 04

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    UK Scott Lithgow (Greenock), Greenock

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