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        RFA Diligence

        RFA Diligence

        Forward Support is that element of Naval Operational Logistics by which the military capability of Fleet Force Elements can be sustained away from UK base ports in war fighting or non war fighting environments. RFA Diligence is a sophisticated, multi-purpose ship, fitted with a wide range of workshops for hull and machinery repairs, as well as the facilities for supplying electricity, water, fuel, air, steam, cranes and stores to other ships and submarines.

        RFA Diligence deployment underway

        Originally operating as the MV Stena Inspector, Diligence was designed for commercial operation as an offshore maintenance and Diving Support Vessel.

        In 1982 she was chartered by the Ministry of Defence for Service in the South Atlantic. Purchased by the Ministry of Defence in 1983, and converted to a Forward Repair Ship (FRS), the ship was commissioned as RFA Diligence in March 1984 and manned by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

        The ship is the only Forward Repair Ship in the fleet and was deployed during both Gulf conflicts.

        RFA Diligence 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.

        RFA Diligence is on hand to attend to any of the Cougar ’13 ship’s engineering requirements.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Simon Booth

        Simon Booth
        RANK:
        Captain
        JOINED:
        1981
        SPECIALISATION:
        RFA
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        RFA Black Rover, Fort Victoria
        Military experience

        Captain Simon Booth joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as an Officer Cadet straight from school in 1981, undertaking initial training at Warsash College of Maritime Studies.

        Qualifying in 1985 and took on the traditional roles of an RFA watch-keeping Officer in a wide variety of RFA vessels, attaining his Class 1 Master Mariners Certificate of Competency in 1992.

        Simon attained the rank of First Officer serving as both Navigator and Operations Officer but, with a young family, decided to try pastures new and left the RFA in 1998 after being accepted as a Marine Pilot on the River Humber.

        Simon gained three a half years unparalleled experience in ship handling before rejoining the RFA in 2002.

        This practical and sea going experience was then put to good use in shore appointments initially with the Defence Procurement Agency as a Technical Officer on the MARS Programme and then following promotion to Chief Officer within Whitehall as a Capability Manager for the Director of Expeditionary and Logistics Support (DEC ELS), where amongst the maritime aspects he also had responsibility for Defence Rail.

        Simon was then permitted a short period at sea in RFA Black Rover before being once more taken ashore to fulfil the demanding post of SO1 Capability for Commodore RFA in NCHQ as part of the AFSUP FCIG, a post that included all aspects of the day to day and future management of RFA vessels as well as the User input to the TIDE Class Tanker project, having been Deliverer and Sponsor in his previous shore appointments.

        Before returning to sea once more he spent a short appointment acting as SO1 Performance Management, dealing with FLMS and the Risk Register amongst many other things.

        The reward for all the hard work ashore saw him appointed as owner XO of RFA Fort Victoria during her deployment in Sept 2010.

        During the subsequent two and a half years Simon was involved in all aspects of the ship’s operational programme from the traditional RFA Tanker support role to enhanced Counter Piracy operations. His actions during this latter role resulted in the award of a Joint Commander’s Commendation and the RFA Prize from the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

        Promoted Captain in February 2013 his first command was RFA Fort Austin as she prepared to deploy on exercise and operations with the Response Force Task Group.

        He is now appointed as owner Captain of RFA Diligence in her Forward Repair Ship role.

        Captain Booth enjoys dinghy sailing and walking and has almost completed the renovation of an 18th century farmhouse. Married, Captain Booth has two daughters and a Dalmatian.


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        OPERATIONS

        Cougar 13

        CURRENT STATUS: COMPLETED
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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 Number

        A132

        Complement

        54

        Displacement

        10,853Tonnes

        Length

        112Meters

        Number of Officers

        16

        Range

        5,000 Nautical Miles at 12 Knots

        Number of Ratings

        38

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        RFA Diligence HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED RFA Diligence
        • Ship Launched

          1980 in Sweden for Stena Line

        • Ship Commissioned

          Commissioned in 1984

        • Ship History

          The ship was purchased as a RFA in 1984.

        • Battle Honours

          Kuwait 1991

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