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        Royal Fleet Auxiliary

        The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is a civilian-manned fleet, owned by the MOD, which supports Royal Navy ships around the world, supplying warships with fuel, ammunition and supplies. The RFA fleet is fully integrated into the RN’s command and control system and forms a vital part of maritime operations.

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        • 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.

          A Royal Marines boarding team embarked om RFA Fort Victoria capture a pirate skiff
        • RFA Wave Knight

          RFA Wave Knight (A389) is a Wave Knight-class fast fleet tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. She was launched in 2000 and accepted into service in 2003. She is the second ship to bear this name in RFA service. Wave Knight and her sister, Wave Ruler, replaced the elderly Olna and Olwen, 36, 000 ton fast fleet tankers built at Swan Hunter and Hawthorn Leslie respectively in the 1960s.

          RFA Wave Knight
        • RFA Orangeleaf

          The ship began life as a merchant vessel, MV Balder, London, before joining the RFA Fleet. She had a major refit in 1985 which fitted her with gantries and other equipment, enabling her to carry out replenishment at sea (RAS). She is a single-hull tanker with a cargo capacity of 22,000 cubic metres of diesel, 3,800 cubic metres of Avcat (aviation fuel) and a limited capacity for refrigerated and general naval stores.

          RFA Orangeleaf
        • RFA Black Rover

          RFA Black Rover is one of two Small Fleet Tankers owned and operated by the UK Ministry of Defence (sister ship is RFA Gold Rover). Built by Swan Hunters and launched in 1973, Black Rover has served all over the world in support of UK and Allied Maritime Forces. Her primary role is to replenish other Naval units at sea with diesel and aviation fuel.

          RFA Black Rover
        • 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
        • RFA Argus

          The principal role of RFA Argus is to serve as a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship (PCRS). She has a fully equipped 100-bed hospital onboard offering full services. This includes a four-bay Operating Theatre coupled with a 10-bed Critical Care Unit, a 20-bed High Dependency Unit and a CT scanner.

          RFA Argus
        • 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




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