The oldest ship in the Naval Service, RFA Fort Rosalie, is about to begin a six-month deployment supporting allied warships in the Gulf.
Fort Rosalie’s Commanding Officer Capt Jonathan Huxley RFA said:
“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.”
The vessel will also serve as a floating base for RN Wildcats and Sea Kings operating in the region.
According to a Royal Navy press release:
“RFA Fort Rosalie – like RFA Fort Victoria whom she replaces – plays a key role in sustaining the constant fight against terrorism/drug trafficking/piracy/smuggling east of Suez.
Warships assigned to the two task groups patrolling the Indian Ocean – including frigate HMS Monmouth at present – are expected to cover an area the size of Western Europe looking for suspicious activity.
To maintain them on patrol, rather than popping back to ports such as Djibouti, Muscat, Dar el Salaam and so on, several international support ships such as Fort Rosalie keep them supplied with food, ammunition and spare parts.”