RFA Fort Austin (A386)

As one of two Solid Support Ships in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), RFA Fort Austin is central to ensuring Royal Navy ships all over the world have the food, ammunition and explosives they need to carry out vital operations.  

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

23,384 tonnes 

Total displacement

24 metre

Beam (width) at widest point

22+ knots

Top speed 

Our operations

Current operation

Operation Kipion

Middle East

We have been on patrol in the Gulf since 1980, demonstrating the UK’s commitment to peace and stability.

Our base

Our base

Middle East

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RFA Fort Austin’s role

Royal Navy vessels all over the world require specific stores and equipment to complete their operations. It’s RFA Fort Austin’s job to make sure they can get what they need, when they it, wherever they are.

Like her sister ship, RFA Fort Rosalie, she has two flight decks, which means as well as traditional replenishment at sea operations, she is also able to use helicopters for vertical replenishment.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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