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        RFA Cardigan Bay

        RFA Cardigan Bay

        Cardigan Bay is a Bay class ship, an adaptation of the Dutch Rotterdam class, and replaced the ageing ‘Sir’ class of RFA ships. These highly agile and useful ships are integral to the delivery of a responsive Royal Navy which can deploy anywhere in the world. They can also work in support of the Royal Marines and can assist in disaster and humanitarian relief, for example supporting the UN effort in Haiti following the earthquake.

        RFA Cardigan Bay

        The ships are able to operate landing craft through the stern door, their large vehicle deck will support up to 24 main battle tanks accessible by a stern and side ramp. Two 30-tonnne crane decks enable the handling of loads such as Mexeflotes, landing craft, and containers.

        The integral floodable deck can handle one 96ft long, 240-tonnne landing craft and avaiation facilities include a two-spot Chinook-capable flight deck.

        Capable of self-defence, Cardigan Bay is equipped with four 30mm cannon and fittings for Phalanx CIWS.

        Cardigan Bay has the space to carry more than 300 embarked forces and has proved her worth and versatility working in support of NATO and foreign navies in the Gulf.

        RFA Cardigan Bay has left the UK for an annual deployment to the Mediterranean and Gulf region - Cougar ’13.

        The long-planned deployment will see elements of the UK’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) – the naval force formed under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review – hone its world class maritime skills thousands of miles from home through exercises with a number of key allies.


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        11 March 2014

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        Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship of the year 2013 – RFA Cardigan Bay
        15 January 2014

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        23 December 2013

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        Joint helicopter operations on Cougar 13
        23 October 2013

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        Cougar 13

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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Cougar is an amphibious task force exercising in the Mediterranean. The Response Force Task Group (RFTG) is the Royal Navy’s High Readiness Task Group. It has a number of units assigned to it including a helicopter carrier, an assault ship, two frigates, as well as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship and Commando units, and several Fleet Air Arm squadrons.

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        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        L3009

        Displacement

        16,160tonnes

        Complement

        60 + 356personnel + embarked

        Length

        176Metres

        Beam

        26.4metres

        Draught

        5.8metres

        Top Speed

        18knots

        Range (Nautical)

        8000miles

        Launch Date

        08/04/05

        Commissioned date

        06/03/07

        Maximum Capacity

        1,150Linear Metres of Vehicles

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