Team Fort Rosalie really stepped up during this period to deliver quantities of cargo at an impressive pace

Chief Officer Dougie Cook, RFA Fort Rosalie's Executive Officer

Fort Rosalie’s XO, Chief Officer Dougie Cook, said: “Team Fort Rosalie really stepped up during this period to deliver quantities of cargo at an impressive pace, achieved by a dedicated ship’s company enthused by the opportunity to work within a task group again.

“As this tasking ends thoughts now turn to our future role working alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth delivering the solid support to keep her operational at sea.”

Reflecting on the importance of UK support to US assets operating in the Gulf region, Captain Timothy Gibboney, Commander TF 53, said: “The United Kingdom and the United States share a long-standing relationship in the maritime. Working with our UK partners allows us to enhance collective interoperability in bringing our operating forces much-needed supplies, and we are appreciative for Fort Rosalie’s vital contributions.”

Personnel aboard Fort Rosalie also got the chance to view the US dry stores ship USNS Alan Shepard which, although 30 years younger than the RFA vessel, provides similar logistical support to Allied ships in the Middle East.

During her time with the US carrier strike group, RFA Fort Rosalie was working for the United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander (UKMCC), based in Bahrain, which is responsible for RN vessels deployed in the Middle East.

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