RFA Fort Rosalie has paid a rare visit to Moroccan port of Tangier.
The oldest ship in the naval service with nearly 42 years under her belt, Fort Rosalie was launched as Fort Grange at Greenock in 1976 with a guard of honour of local Sea Cadets who included one Gerry Patterson.
Four decades later he’s now her commanding officer – bringing her home to the UK for a refit so she can continue her service.
The stores/supply ship’s visit to the North African metropolis was the first by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in more than two years say the Royal Navy; Rosalie is returning to the UK from the Gulf region where she’s helped sustain the ongoing naval clampdown on smuggling, trafficking and terrorism.
“This visit was very successful in further cementing relationships with the Moroccan Armed Forces,” said Capt Patterson.
“Morocco has a long tradition of economic and diplomatic relationships with the UK and this is just one more aspect of our existing close friendship which we seek to strengthen.”