RFA Cardigan Bay

RFA Cardigan Bay

RFA Cardigan Bay is a Bay class ship; highly agile and useful ships that are integral to the delivery of a responsive Royal Navy which can deploy anywhere in the world.

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An adaptation of the Dutch Rotterdam class, the Bay class replaced the ageing ‘Sir’ class of RFA ships.

The Bay class provide major amphibious capability to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, with the ability to embark nearly 400 troops, and carry up to 150 trucks or 24 Challenger tanks.

With a floodable dock at the stern, RFA Cardigan Bay can offload her embarked troops through landing craft or from her large flight deck. The ship can also carry mexeflotes, 120ft-long powered pontoons that can be used to ferry equipment ashore.

Cardigan Bay's large medical department can cope with an enhanced medical team, allowing her to act as a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship at need - a role usually carried out by RFA Argus.


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4,500 sailors and Royal Marines on duty this Christmas


Royal Marines unleash fire and fury on Exercise Saif Sareea

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Current operation Saif Sareea 3

Saif Sareea is one of the largest international military exercises in the world. More than 4,000 British sailors, soldiers and air crews will be tested in the punishing sands of the desert of Oman alongside colleagues from the host nation. It is intended to reinforce the long-standing and close military relationship between Britain and Oman, strengthening our ability to provide security and safeguard UK prosperity in a vital part of the world.

Location Oman

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Unit History


RFA Cardigan Bay was launched in 2005 and entered service in 2006; she was the first ship of the class to join the RFA.

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Commanding Officer Chris Clarke MBE MA

Rank: Captain RFA

Captain Chris Clarke MBE MA RFA is the Commanding Officer of RFA Cardigan Bay.

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RFA Cardigan Bay maintains close links with the HMS Cardigan Bay association