RFA Fort Austin

RFA Fort Austin

RFA Fort Austin is a Solid Support Ship; designed to carry a wide range of stores to support other ships, supplying them with ammunition, food and explosives.

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In addition, Fort Austin and Rosalie have extensive aviation facilities, with two flight decks, one at the stern and one spot on top of the hangar.

Fort Austin was laid down at Scott Lithgow in 1975, launched in 1978 and commissioned in 1979 followed shortly after by her sister ship RFA Fort Rosalie (originally named Fort Grange). 

These ships also have the capability to replenish at sea (known as a RAS) via six replenishment stations, three on each side as well as using helicopters for 'vertical replenishment (VERTREP).

RFA Fort Austin has had a long and illustrious career and during the Falklands Conflict she took part in the landings at San Carlos Water as an ammunition ship and was awarded the Falklands 1982 Battle Honour. In 2000, the ship was part of the British deployment to help restore order in Sierra Leone and was part of the Naval Task Group in 2003 during Operation Telic in Iraq.

In the summer of 2009, RFA Fort Austin was placed in reserve for three years, but the ship has now been brought back to life and has rejoined the fleet with a major upgrade to prepare her for her future deployments.

Leading Engineering Technician all at sea running London Marathon

Leading Engineering Technician all at sea running London Marathon


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Current operation Operation Kipion

  • Combined Task Force 150

    A multinational effort to fight terrorism, stop trafficking, and offer security across the region.

Location middle east

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Unit History

Battle Honours1982

Falkland Islands 1982

Sierra Leone2000

RFA Fort Austin was one of the ships deployed by the UK to Sierra Leone to restore order to the troubled country

Op Telic2003

RFA Fort Austin was again part of the Naval Task Group that played a key role during Operation Telic in Iraq


In the summer of 2009, Fort Austin was placed into reserve

Return to the fleet2012

After a major upgrade, she rejoined the Fleet in 2012

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Commanding Officer Simon Booth

Rank: Captain, RFA

Captain Simon Booth joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1981. He took command of RFA Diligence in April 2014.

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RFA Fort Austin displaces 23,384 tonnes