RFA Cardigan Bay Heads Back To UK
A four-year tour of duty for a Royal Navy support ship in the Gulf is ending as RFA Cardigan Bay heads back to the UK.
Built to support amphibious operations involving Royal Marines, Cardigan Bay has instead proved to be a very useful ‘mother ship’ for not just British minehunters operating in the Middle East, but also those of our allies and partners.
The vessel acts as command ship and hub for the UK’s four Bahrain-based minehunters, but also serves as a floating base for specialist dive teams and experts testing automated mine warfare systems, helicopters moving personnel and supplies around the region, and as a ‘petrol station’ and supermarket for the minehunters.
Her ability to hold enough fuel to fill up multiple ships at a time, as well as approximately 200 tonnes of provisions means that minehunters – which typically have a fairly limited range and endurance due to their size – can remain on operations for extended periods.
Read more about RFA Cardigan Bay's Four Year Gulf Mission