RFA Mounts Bay conducted a variety of serials, including flying and a MOBEX, to ensure the vessel is “ready for anything”.

The vessel tweeted the following.

According to the Royal Fleet Auxilliary, RFA Mounts Bay’s role has been to support vital amphibious operations and exercises all over the world. These involve offloading embarked troops, including Royal Marines Commandos, in all weather conditions.

RFA Mount’s Bay is capable of carrying amphibious vehicles and landing craft, so all necessary personnel can reach shore and complete their operation, whether that’s taking food and supplies to a disaster-hit area or supporting forces who are already on the ground.

Tom has spent the last 13 years working in the defence industry, specifically military and commercial shipbuilding. His work has taken him around Europe and the Far East, he is currently based in Scotland.
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Richard Beedall
Richard Beedall
17 days ago

With Cardigan Bay and Lyme Bay apparently committed long-term as a Mine countermeasures command ship in Bahrain, and LRG(S) in Oman respectively, Mounts Bay has a lot of gaps to fill. Selling-off Largs Bay was one of the top-ten worst defence cuts made by the Conservatives.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
17 days ago

The top worst defence cut IMHO.

Given how useful the Bays have proved to be. Even keeping the blasted ship properly maintained so it could be rotated with the other three would have made sense.

It didn’t even realise that much cash or save that much in the short term.

Probably followed by selling 3 x T23 and gapping T26 timeline and gapping Dreadnought – which have all cost fortunes.

ABCRodney
ABCRodney
17 days ago

No 2 ways about the Bays have proved to be cost effective, hugely flexible and pretty reliable. In fact other than the Rivers (which get stick over their initial costs) I struggle to think of any Post War RN design that comes close. Argos doesn’t count and the design that put the F in Flexible was Wartime (I really admire the Light Fleets). As for the worst cut I’d put it in the top 5 along with the 3 T23 sales and the T26 Fiasco. However and I know I’m biased but in terms of the costs (money, people and… Read more »

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
17 days ago
Reply to  ABCRodney

“ Argos doesn’t count and the design that put the F in Flexible”

Is RFA Argos docked at Sainsbury’s?

ABCRodney
ABCRodney
17 days ago

SB You will kick yourself for this. But I said RN design and I think she may have spent the 1st part of her life carry parts that may have ended up in something in Sainsbury’s car Park.
Who ever designed her should get a Knighthood !
As for F in Flexible I refer to the light Fleets, when it comes to value for money, flexibility and utility I struggle to think of any design (even the US Essex) that comes close.

By Dreadnought gap are you referring to it being ordered later than we really should have ?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
17 days ago

The 3 T23 were a Labour cut, just to be clear. The Tories followed that by cutting the 4 T22 B3s.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
17 days ago

Agreed.

There is so much defence cutting blame to spread around I don’t bother distinguishing which party cut what!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
17 days ago

Fine, and so true. I do bother though, as this site is a tory party bashing site at the best of times, where I like to apportion blame, clearly, to who did what.

And BOTH parties are guilty.

I believe it is important people realise that. I get criticised for this, so, just so people know, I don’t give a hoot!

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
17 days ago

I didn’t take it any other way.

I see both parties as being incompetent when it comes to government.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
17 days ago

I know you didn’t mate. I’m of the same view. I was a Tory. Not now.

John Stevens
John Stevens
17 days ago

Yup, same here.

Ian M
Ian M
16 days ago

Hi Daniele, I think I’d vote for Attila the Hun if he was still around? 😉

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
16 days ago
Reply to  Ian M

Thought he was supporting Putin now?

Ian M
Ian M
16 days ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

Probably, he was a bit right wing. I’m just at a loss as to who to vote for because I consider not voting to be a bit of a dereliction of duty. The Cons are just that. Labour are in my opinion to wishy washy and the rest are nowhere.
Just my thoughts.
Cheers

Paul.P
Paul.P
16 days ago
Reply to  Ian M

Know what you mean. The Tories are in self destruct mode, and yet I agree with that faction within the party that sees back to basics, the breakdown of the traditional family and a making multi-culturalism into a god as our core problems. You have to have faith in yourself and your history. But that they have been taken over by group a fanatical faith in the free market and to hell with defence, energy security and affordable housing is tragic. On the other hand I’m not convinced Starmer is mentally sound what with his crazy acceptance of fashionable woke… Read more »

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
16 days ago
Reply to  Ian M

Used to think the same. But now – late in life – just make use of online access to local MP & observe our more remote representatives being grilled during committee meetings – still awaiting Grant (Defence) making an appearance rather than subs in that capacity, though. Plenty of access to ‘direct governance’ via online – a modern positive in my view. Avoids the Braying Donkey bit in the Commons. And there’s still tactical voting in extremis to keep out the way left/right faction when appropriate. Parties haven’t caught up with 21st century, it appears – hence all the spin,… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
16 days ago
Reply to  Ian M

If he gives defence the consideration it deserves! Yes!!

monkey spanker
monkey spanker
16 days ago

I will save my labour bashing for if they get into power and make a cock up of things. In fact I reserve the right to bash who ever wins an election.

Ian M
Ian M
16 days ago

👍

Steve
Steve
16 days ago

Both parties are to blame for sure, but the Conservatives have been in power for most of the last 60 years and responsible for almost all the cuts, having being in power the longest. They are also the current government in power during the point of maximum risk in decades following Russia attack on Ukraine and have done nothing. They might not be the only ones to blame but they do deserve the kicking they get. The worst decision was browns decision to move trident into the core budget without fully funding the move. Edit: doing some light research and… Read more »

Last edited 16 days ago by Steve
Gareth D
Gareth D
16 days ago
Reply to  Steve

I think moving Trident to the core budget was Osbourne!

Steve
Steve
16 days ago
Reply to  Gareth D

Your right, I thought it was labour but it wasn’t.

Either way not actually sure it made any difference reading how it worked before. Hard to know without going into an alterative reality.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
16 days ago
Reply to  Steve

Agree on the Conservatives, I’m not defending them. There is uncertainty on the Trident into core business, whether it is actually a thing or not.
But if it’s true, it’s the biggest issue facing defence. And it was under Osborne and SDSR2010, not the previous Brown government.

Louis
Louis
16 days ago
Reply to  Steve

Going to have to disagree with you on this one. One of the worst defence decisions in the last 60 years was the withdrawal from East of Suez under Labour.

It was because of that decision that the cuts when the Cold War ended were so bad.

Steve
Steve
16 days ago
Reply to  Louis

If your going that far back you may as well look at Churchill being a drunken mess after ww2 and giving up the empire to the US demands and Poland to Russia.

Andrew D
Andrew D
17 days ago

All party’s have the same virus

Louis
Louis
17 days ago

I think Fort George being scrapped tops Largs Bay for worst Tory Naval defence cut.

william james crawford
william james crawford
16 days ago
Reply to  Louis

agreed, and it really shows now!

Jon
Jon
16 days ago
Reply to  Louis

LOL. So many to choose from. I’m drawn to Rodney’s pick of the subs, but at the last minute I veer towards the ballsed-up batch 1 of the T26s. The combination of cutting T45s to accelerate the T26, followed by so much delay that the cut was wasted and five interim OPVs needed to be ordered to cover the build gap, then the monumentally slow build that added maybe £300m per ship, the loss of a frigate factory and the phenominal cost of T23 life extension. And that’s doesn’t include the military effects of the current frigate gap, soon to… Read more »

ABCRodney
ABCRodney
16 days ago
Reply to  Jon

The subs fiasco is still running its way out. My greatest fear is what the hell do we do if we have to refuel another Vanguard ! Covering that extra 7 year unscheduled refit with just 3 boats may yet kick us in the (insert own word).

Simon
Simon
15 days ago
Reply to  Louis

something that is biting us back

Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago

Basically anything after 2008 was idiotic.. that was the point anyone with an ounce of understanding knew the peace dividend. Was over…before then I sort of forgive as you could not really sea that china and Russia had set their sights on conflict with the west.

Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago

My issue is not so much party but context…and the Labour Party cuts tended to be in a context that was more benign. So for me I put the weight of the blame on the conservatives party simply because of timing and the fact they have been in power at the point the geopolitical and geostrategic risks changed…but they kept on the peace dividend track.. sit back Daniele and supportive and let me bore you with my geopolitical risk and context rant.. for me I would divide the modern ( post Cold War ) world into a number of risk… Read more »

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Louis
Louis
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

You are ignoring context for 2010. Tories came into power and had to make cuts somewhere.

Not sure context is enough justification for cuts anyway.

Labour 97-2010 were terrible with defence. The Navy and RAF were cut in half. The only reason the army didn’t suffer a similar fate is because of Afghanistan and Iraq, but their AFV fleet was messed up.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
15 days ago
Reply to  Louis

Agree. This is what I keep on about here, but Jonathans post is, as always, spot on.

Jonathan
Jonathan
15 days ago
Reply to  Louis

I don’t disagree Louis cuts had to be made…but it’s governments job to review the risk and decide when and what could and should be cut or expanded…and they new the geopolitical situation in 2010..they knew the developing risks and the still cut..and decided to go for a win our enemies over policy….I can see why, I did not agree but I could see why…by 2014-2016 any sane assessment of the risk was that we were heading to a potential major war and the only way to prevent this was massive investment in deterrence….when looking at risk you must alway… Read more »

Last edited 15 days ago by Jonathan
Louis
Louis
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

What changes had happened in the world by the time Labour got to power? When they options for change and front line first identified the right number of escorts, fast jet squadrons, submarines etc. that we needed. The world didn’t get any less dangerous after front line first and from that point on just got more and more dangerous. If a minimum number of escorts, subs and fast jet squadrons was identified, and the world didn’t get any safer, how are the cuts justifiable? And although the army was reduced to 82k in 2010, by 2014 it no longer had… Read more »

Louis
Louis
14 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Ignore 2010 for a second, what changed between Options for change and Frontline first, and Labour coming into power in 97? The answer is nothing. The geopolitical situation was the same and only got more dangerous from then on. Frontline first identified the minimum number of everything needed. Labour then cut the RAF and RN in half. How is that justifiable? The army might’ve survived in terms of numbers, in equipment it didn’t. What did Labour actually order for the army that wasn’t a UOR? They let down industry at the same time causing the closure of Leeds, Swan Hunter… Read more »

Jonathan
Jonathan
13 days ago
Reply to  Louis

I will ask you one question..could we anymore afford a defence budget of 5% in 1970- 1990..no we could not..sometime you simply have to spend what the need dictates…and if the world becomes so deadly that we need to spend 5% GDP to defend ourselves then that is what we will end up spending. again I will say fundamentally you have to look at decisions based around risk and we did not face any existential risks from 1997 until some time into the first/second decade of the 21c. If we look at the major changes in defence spending from 1980… Read more »

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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

As always, a great post. This should be given to the newspapers mate. Seriously.

ABCRodney
ABCRodney
17 days ago

M8 Does it actually matter when it come to cuts, balls ups, political self image and just plain dereliction there are aren’t many of either I wouldn’t lump together in one big bit of Porcelain and flush. Same thing goes down the hole.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
17 days ago
Reply to  ABCRodney

Pretty much.

ABCRodney
ABCRodney
17 days ago

To be fair your an ex Soldier weren’t you taught to shoot your immediate threat ?
If you consider Politicians are the worst enemies of U.K. defence then everyone’s just doing the same,
Target may change next year 🤔

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
17 days ago
Reply to  ABCRodney

I’m an ex Soldier? Wrong bloke mate.
They are the worst enemies of defence, agree there.

Ian M
Ian M
16 days ago
Reply to  ABCRodney

“Targets will fall when hit”.
“10 rounds in your own time”
“READY”

Andrew D
Andrew D
17 days ago

Them T22 B3s were fine ships , I found it hard to believe they got the chop at the time 🙄

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
17 days ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Stretched. Main gun, Goalkeeper CIWS, Harpoon, Seawolf, plus the CSSM EW/Sigint fits. Loved them.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
16 days ago

Going onboard a B3 was a post-Falklands lesson in the extreme. Felt you barely had room to squeeze between the weapon systems.

Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago

Both of which should have first place crown for stupid.
Im so fair….

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John Clark
John Clark
16 days ago

Let’s not forget getting rid of the 4 T22 batch 3 at the same time….

7 escorts gone in short order, even the Argentinians didn’t manage that much damage.

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Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago

So many very poor decisions…..I would add decommissioning the T22 batch threes to that as well.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

The problem with those was they cost a fortune to run as they had huge crews and very thirsty machinery.

The fundamental design owed a lot to 1960’s thinking so bits of them were seriously dated.

They were a strange confection between state of the art electronics and bits machinery that could have been passed off for post war designs.

Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago

Probably should have kept the 3 T23s in 2005 and binned the T22s…silly decision making by the sounds of it.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

It was all to do with swerving some short term refit costs.

Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago

Of course it was…how much has that whole in year budget nonsense cost in the end….in year accounting is one of the worst barriers to good decision making in government and it’s executive agencies to be honest….

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Agreed. There is so little incentive to make savings or to hold out in negotiations…..the other side know your back is aging the timeline wall so they can play musical arguments until you have to fold your hand.

Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago

It’s even worse than that…I’ve had budgets that I’ve had to spend in year..but I’ve known that it’s not really possible to get a service that works until the year after…so I have to spend the money on something a bit shite or loss the budge..since my job is to get the best I can for my population I of course go with the shite option as it’s better than nothing..when what I should have done is waited for a bit or tapered the budget in……then there is the “got money this year”…but we cannot tell you of there will… Read more »

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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
17 days ago

Agreed. Moronic.

Andrew D
Andrew D
17 days ago

👍

Steve
Steve
16 days ago

If they ever sort out the lack of crew issues, they should give serious thought to building another 1 or 2 of these or an upgrades version that includes a fixed hanger. OK we wasted money selling one off but that’s past history.

Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago

Yes probably the worst..it was effectively a brand new strategic asset….flogging it cheap as an act of vandalism of the worst kind.

The could have simply deactivated.

Coll
Coll
17 days ago

Depressingly, this is the most positive news all day, and it’s about training.

Last edited 17 days ago by Coll
Frank
Frank
16 days ago

slightly off topic but I had to laugh…. Daily Express has an article On HMS Prince of Wales in which they call her a Frigate twice…… It’s in relation to the recent news about the Prop issues…. 😂

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
16 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Then you may not be too upset to view the Forces News video on How a Type 45 defends itself from air strike with NSM

Frank
Frank
16 days ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

😂… that’s the T45 Battleship then !!!!

Jonathan
Jonathan
16 days ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

Blimey that was an Amazing shot…

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Lets the Daily Rags off the hook somewhat, for sure.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
16 days ago

Mentioning no names, but I thought China didn’t have a Blue-Water Navy? Most probably being conducted in the SCS. Iran, Russia and China to hold joint naval exercises “The commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, announced that the military forces of Iran, Russia, and China are planning to conduct joint naval exercises in the coming weeks, according to the Tasnim agency. Speaking at a naval base in the northern Iranian city of Bandar, Rear Admiral Irani said that the joint exercises would occur by the end of the current Iranian year (March 19). He also mentioned that… Read more »

Frank
Frank
16 days ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

All depends on how you define “Blue Water”… Personally seeing the rate of pace the Chinese are building new ships and seeing what those ships are, i have no problem seeing it as a potential “Blue Water Navy”…. Having enough support ships and bases to enable them to operate a long way from the SCS is what they don’t have but … don’t forget that China is also looking at the west coast of Africa for a friendly base and they also have a base in Djibouti…… maybe quite a way to go but… it’s all heading that way.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
16 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Exactly Frank, that’s what I thought at the time. It must have been airlifted in! 14 July 2019HMS St Albans shadows Chinese destroyer through English Channel “Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans is today monitoring the progress of a Chinese warship through the English Channel. The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate is shadowing the Chinese destroyer Xian as it sails east past the UK. St Albans will keep track of the Chinese ship’s activity as it transits through the UK’s area of interest.” U.S. Department Of Defense Annual Report To Congress FORCES, CAPABILITIES, AND POWER PROJECTION “The PLA has sought to… Read more »

Frank
Frank
16 days ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Their Type 055’s are (on paper) amazing in spec and tonnage…. 10000 light, 13000 full…… 126 VLS or thereabouts and 16 ordered….. not to mention the Type 052’s and their new Subs…. Fujian is 80,000 tons with eMals (Stolen yet again from the USN) and another on the order list….. Whilst I still believe in the RN’s (on paper) capability, you cannot dismiss their numbers or ambitions….

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
16 days ago
Reply to  Frank

I totally agree with your sentiments Frank, a very frightening prospect awaits.

Tom
Tom
16 days ago

RFA Mounts Bay conducts flying training… Why? Because the Albion Class Assault Ships are tied to a pier somewhere, until the bean counters can sell them?

Oh nooo…. cynical swine that I am.

ABCRodney
ABCRodney
15 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Probably not selling them but neither are available and with the Big Exercise coming up LRG(N) needs something to fill the gap.