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RFA Fort Victoria

RFA Fort Victoria

Fort Victoria was ordered from Harland and Wolff in 1986, and was launched in 1990 and is designated as an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship. She was dedicated by HRH the Duchess of York on the 24th June 1994. Fort Victoria regularly deploys on exercises to such places as America, The Middle East and The Mediterranean.

RFA Fort Victoria

After stopping 20 armed pirate groups and seizing more than 50 pirates, RFA Fort Victoria completed a marathon 40-month deployment by sailing home in December 2013.

For many of her 1,197 days away from the United Kingdom, support ship RFA Fort Victoria acted as Britain’s leading warrior in the fight against 21st-Century piracy in the Indian Ocean. 

She is currently in Refit.

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£47M Birkenhead refit for RFA Fort Victoria
21 March 2014

A Birkenhead company is undertaking a refit worth over £47m...

Pirate-busting RFA Fort Victoria returns home from marathon deployment
Pirate-busting RFA Fort Victoria returns home from marathon deployment
09 December 2013

After stopping 20 armed pirate groups and seizing more than...

Royal Navy-led task force sweeps the Indian Ocean clear of pirates
Royal Navy-led task force sweeps the Indian Ocean clear of pirates
06 December 2013

Not a single ship was seized by pirates during the...

Double Replenishment at Sea for Fort Vic
Double Replenishment at Sea for Fort Victoria
11 November 2013

The UK's Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship, Fort Victoria, simultaneously...

OPERATIONS

Maintenance

CURRENT STATUS: active
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MISSION SUMMARY

In maintenance: Currently undergoing an upkeep period to prepare the ship for continued duties with the Fleet by maintaining and improving our engines, weapons and communications systems.

ABOUT THE UNIT

KEY STATISTICS


Pennant Number

A387

Beam

29.5Metres

Ship's Complement

134 + 154 Ship's Company + Aircrew

Displacement

33,675Tonnes

Length

203.9Metres

Top Speed

20Knots

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RFA Fort Victoria HISTORY

TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED RFA Fort Victoria
  • The Origin of Fort Victoria

    Since the time of the Tudors, Portsmouth has been Britain’s main Naval Base. Over the last 400 years, great care has been taken to defend the approaches to Portsmouth around the waters of Spithead. However, there is also a “back door” – the narrow channel that leads past the Needles into the Western Solent and Southampton Water. The narrowest part of this channel is only a mile wide and is situated between Hurst Point and Sconce Point. So in order to protect this entrance two forts were built, Hurst Fort and Fort Victoria. Fort Victoria was originally built in 1852 to counter a largely illusionary French invasion threat.

  • Modern Weapons

    It became out-dated by the development of modern weapons soon after and was obsolete by 1870.

  • Its Best Work

    It probably did its best work between 1890 and 1962 when it became an army depot, first for coastal mine laying, next for artillery training and eventually for instructing soldiers in the handling of launches and landing craft.

  • The Isle of Wight

    In 1968, the Isle of Wight County Council purchased Fort Victoria and 50 acres of coastal land to the west and developed it into a country park.

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