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RFA Fort George

 

It is not just the front line warships that are suffering from the Strategic Defence Review cuts, the number of Royal Fleet Auxilliary support vessels is also being cut down. The Fort George, originally built at Swan Hunters on the Tyne, is moored in Canada Dock, Liverpool awaiting her final disposal.

 

Commisioned in 1993, she was designed to carrry stores, fuel/fresh water for re-issue all in a single hull, as part of the Carrier Defense Force. But now no carriers then no need for the RFA.

 

The origian plan back in the '80s was to build twelve of these vessels but only two were ever built, the Fort George and the Fort Victoria.

 

She has had a vraied service life. In March 2000, the ship was equipped with five Westland Sea King helicopters and sent to Mozambique to help with disaster relief work following devastating floods.

 

In May 2000 she accompanied HMS Illustrious to Sierra Leone to support British operations to restore stability to that country. Late in the year, during a deployment in the Mediterranean, the ship helped passengers of the Greek ferry Express Samina which had run aground and sunk during a storm on 26 September.

 

In September 2009, Fort George, whilst working with the Type 23 Frigate HMS Iron Duke, was involved in the largest ever drugs seizure to date by the Royal Navy, when 5.5 tonnes of cocaine were seized from a converted fishing vessel MV Cristal in the Atlantic Ocean off South America.

 

Fort George

RFA Fort George

 

It is not just the front line warships that are suffering from the Strategic Defence Review cuts, the number of Royal Fleet Auxilliary support vessels is also being cut down. The Fort George, originally built at Swan Hunters on the Tyne, is moored in Canada Dock, Liverpool awaiting her final disposal.

 

Commisioned in 1993, she was designed to carrry stores, fuel/fresh water for re-issue all in a single hull, as part of the Carrier Defense Force. But now no carriers then no need for the RFA.

 

The origian plan back in the '80s was to build twelve of these vessels but only two were ever built, the Fort George and the Fort Victoria.

 

She has had a vraied service life. In March 2000, the ship was equipped with five Westland Sea King helicopters and sent to Mozambique to help with disaster relief work following devastating floods.

 

In May 2000 she accompanied HMS Illustrious to Sierra Leone to support British operations to restore stability to that country. Late in the year, during a deployment in the Mediterranean, the ship helped passengers of the Greek ferry Express Samina which had run aground and sunk during a storm on 26 September.

 

In September 2009, Fort George, whilst working with the Type 23 Frigate HMS Iron Duke, was involved in the largest ever drugs seizure to date by the Royal Navy, when 5.5 tonnes of cocaine were seized from a converted fishing vessel MV Cristal in the Atlantic Ocean off South America.

 

Fort George

comments (7)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Mar 2011, 07:21
I get the sinking feeling that we're doing the wrong thing Les. In any case 1993 was virtually YESTERDAY!
Les Auld: Couldn't agree more Chris, especially after today's announcements. Thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 Mar 2011, 07:52
George is very young to be put on the scap heap
Les Auld: Indeed so Vintage, thanks for the comment.
To think we had the largest navy in the world in 1914...mind you in those days we ruled 1/6th of the world!
Les Auld: As a maritime nation I think we are failing abysmally in our navy these days Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 1 Mar 2011, 08:26
How time flies Les, to think that 1993 is not really very long ago.
Les Auld: Not very long at all Chad, thanks for the comment.
Such is history Les..Love the lower picture.
Les Auld: And do we ever learn from it Ron, thanks for the comment.
At least you have a fine set of images to remember all these lovely vessels Les.
Les Auld: I think I would prefer the ships themselves Brian, thanks for the comment.
Another fine vessel Les, it looks functional and full of purpose. I hope Cammo knows what he's doing.
Les Auld: So do I Martin, so do I. Thanks for the comment.

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