RFA Lyme Bay

RFA Lyme Bay

RFA Lyme Bay (L3007) is capable of delivering a significant fighting force anywhere in the world; troops together with all the necessary vehicles, stores and ammunition to form the ongoing waves of an amphibious assault.

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RFA Lyme Bay is recently took part in Exercise Griffin Strike.

She worked alongside the Fleet Flagship HMS Ocean, Assault Ship HMS Bulwark and the Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland as well as French Navy counterparts including the including the assault helicopter carrier FS Dixmude.

The aim of Ex Griffin Strike was to test the working partnership between the two countries and test the Ango-French Combined Joint Expeditionary Force”, or CJEF.

The exercise showed how UK and French maritime, land and air forces can be deployed rapidly together for a wide range of bilateral operations and, if called upon, work together as part of a NATO, EU or UN coalition operation.

Exercise South West Sword being planned on board HMS Albion

HMS Albion leads amphibious forces for exercise


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Royal Marines unleash fire and fury on Exercise Saif Sareea


Lyme Bay arrives in Middle East for UK’s biggest war game since 2001

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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.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Location Oman

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Unit History

Ship floated2005

26 August, 2005

Ship Commissioned2007

RFA Lyme Bay was commissioned and entered service in 2007

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Commanding Officer Kim Watts

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Captain Kim Watts joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1975, he is now in command of RFA Lyme Bay.

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