RFA Fort Victoria

RFA Fort Victoria

Fort Victoria is an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship, offering the capability of both stores ship and fleet tanker.

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Fort Victoria was ordered from Harland and Wolff in 1986, and was launched in 1990. 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.

This class of ship was originally designed to support frigates on anti-submarine warfare patrols, so was designed to be quiet and stealthy. 

RFA Fort Victoria is fitted with four central replenishment rigs, so she can replenish two warships simultaneously with fuel and stores. In addition, she has another refuelling rig at the stern - not as efficient at replenishment, but safer in bad weather. 

She also has a large flight-deck, hangar and maintenance facilities for helicopters. 



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RFA Fort Victoria Latest News

Fort Victoria revamp

Victoria is queen of the seas as £50m revamp of Fort-class ship is completed

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£47M Birkenhead refit for RFA Fort Victoria

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Current operation Operation Kipion

Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast.

Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Location middle east

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Unit History

Entered service1994

Built by Harland & Wolff, RFA Fort Victoria entered service with the RFA in 1994

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She is named after Fort Victoria on the Isle of Wight

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