RFA Fort Rosalie

RFA Fort Rosalie

RFA Fort Rosalie is one of two Fort class Solid Support Ships; the ships replenish warships of the Royal Navy and allied navies with food, stores and ammunition, whilst underway.

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RFA Fort Rosalie carries the explosive and non-explosive stores to support a Royal Marines Landing Force from the sea and has the capacity to assist with disaster relief, ie hurricane support and evacuation of British nationals and entitled personnel.

The ship’s company the skills to enable them to respond to a range of emergencies: fire fighting, first aid, technical support and damage control/repair.

RFA Fort Rosalie underwent a life extending programme at Cammell Laird’s yard, Birkenhead in 2015 and is now back in the RFA flotilla.

RFA Fort Rosalie visits Tangier


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Fort Rosalie's RAS in the Red Sea

Fort Rosalie's RAS in the Red Sea

RFA Fort Rosalie completes work with US carrier strike group

RFA Fort Rosalie completes work with US carrier strike group

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Current operation Operation Kipion

Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast.

Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History

Passed to the British1763

The crest design combines the red rose of England and the golden lily of France; reflecting the name, since the French for lily is lis or lys (as in fleur-de-lys), with the 's' being silent - Rose/Li.

World War 21947

The name Fort Rosalie goes back to World War 2 and the building of the stores ship which was to become the first Fort Rosalie, transferred to the RFA in 1947.

Battle Honours1982

The Falklands War 1982


The decision was taken to change the ship's original name Fort Grange to Fort Rosalie to reduce confusion with sister ship Fort George

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Fort Rosalie was originally named Fort Grange