RFA Mounts Bay

RFA Mounts Bay

Mounts Bay is one of three Landing Ship Docks (Auxiliary) and was built by BAE (Naval Ships) at Govan on the River Clyde.

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Launched by Lady Band in April 2004, she was the first Bay class vessel, and following extensive sea trials was accepted into service in July 2006.

A formal service of dedication took place in September of that year to mark the Transfer of Operational Command to Fleet, with the ship honoured by the attendance of her sponsor Lady Sarah Band and her husband, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, former First Sea Lord.

The summer of 2007 saw RFA Mounts Bay receive the great privilege of the Honorary Freedom of her affiliated town, Falmouth and she continues to maintain close links with the Cornish region.

So far during operational Service, RFA Mounts Bay has already played a key role in many amphibious exercises, including operations off Sierra Leone, the Baltic Regions and also many more, closer to home, around the coast of the United Kingdom and Western Europe.


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RFA Mounts Bay provides vital help to orphanage

RFA Mounts Bay provides vital help to orphanage


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RFA Mounts Bay's whirlwind makeover for community project

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Naval Service personnel honour Royal Navy's fallen in Barbados

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Current operation Atlantic Patrol Tasking North

The APT(N) task centres on reassurance to UK overseas dependent territories, providing humanitarian and disaster relief during the main hurricane season (June to November) and conducting counter narcotic patrols as part of the wider international effort.

  • Operation Ruman

    The UK is providing military support in order to supply humanitarian relief to the Caribbean Islands left devastated by Hurricane Irma.

  • Operation Sophia

    Operation Sophia is the EU naval operation against human smugglers and the movement of illegal arms in the Mediterranean. Ships will be able to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for human or illegal arms smuggling or trafficking on the high seas, in line with international law.

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Location Caribbean

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Unit History

Ship Launch2004

9 April, 2004

Ship Commissioned2006

15 September, 2006

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RFA Mounts Bay carries a specialist disaster relief team made up of RFA, RM, RLC & RE personnel plus a RN Wildcat helicopter