How many ships are in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary?
As of 2021, there are 11 ships in service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary with a total displacement of approximately 329,000 tonnes. These figures exclude merchant navy vessels under charter to the Ministry of Defence.
What is RFA ship?
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) delivers worldwide logistic and operational support to Royal Navy military operations. They are the uniformed civilian branch of the Naval Service, staffed by UK merchant sailors.
What is the RFA ship at Plymouth?
An RFA ship built by Harland and Wolff, the ship builders that constructed the world famous Titanic, has been spotted in Plymouth Sound today. RFA Fort Victoria also has a storied past in combat with Somalian pirates. The vessel is currently located just off the Plymouth breakwater.
Where are the RFA ships now?
RFA Fort Rosalie
Laid up since Jun 18, now and unmanned at de-stored at ‘extended readiness’ in West Float, Birkenhead.
Where is RFA Wave Ruler?
RFA Wave Ruler has been laid up in very good condition at Royal Seaforth Dock on Merseyside since completing refit April 2018.
Where is RFA Mounts Bay?
RFA Mounts Bay, Famouth’s affiliated ship, is in Reisafjorden northern Norway with the Royal Navy’s amphibious flagship HMS Albion as they participate in the largest military exercise in Norway for more than 30 years.
Why was RFA Fort George scrapped?
The CSG’s dependence upon a single vessel for solid support is the result of decisions made over a decade ago to scrap sister ship, RFA Fort George. She was selected for the axe in 2010 simply because she was due for a major refit and the two older Forts class vessel were cheaper to run.
What does an auxiliary ship do?
An auxiliary ship is a naval ship designed to support combatant ships and other naval operations. Auxiliary ships are not primary combatant vessels, though they may have some limited combat capacity, usually for purposes of self-defense.