The U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s (RFA) fleet replenishment ship, RFA Fort Rosalie (A385) has begun her six-month Middle East deployment supporting Allied warships in the region.
RFA Fort Rosalie, the oldest ship in the Naval Service, will replace RFA Fort Victoria in the region supporting the allied naval vessels with food, ammunition and spare parts. The auxiliary can also serve as a floating base for RN Wildcats and Sea Kings operating in the region.
She will support ships, including Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth, who are patrolling the area east of Suez to combat terrorism, drug trafficking, piracy and smuggling.
“Her arrival in the Middle East region not only provides the capability to replenish warships whilst underway, but also continues to bolster the RN presence here as part of the UK’s commitment to the Middle East region,” said Fort Rosalie’s Commanding Officer Capt Jonathan Huxley RFA.
His ship was commissioned in the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, went through an extensive refit and overhaul in 2015, and is expected to remain in service until 2024, three years shy of half a century of service.