RFA Fort George (A388)

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RFA Fort George (A388)
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: RFA Fort George
Ordered: 18 December 1987
Builder: Swan Hunter, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Laid down: 9 March 1989
Launched: 1 March 1991
Commissioned: 16 July 1993
Decommissioned: June 2011
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Fort Victoria-class replenishment oiler
Displacement: 32,300 long tons (32,818 t) full load
Length: 203.9 m (669 ft 0 in)
Beam: 30.3 m (99 ft 5 in)
Draught: 9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Complement: 95 RFA
15 RN
24 RNSTS- Lately known as AFSUP (Afloat Support) Ratings / STO(N) (Supply Transport Ordnance (Navy) Officers
154 RN Air Squadron personnel
Armament: 2 × Phalanx CIWS
2 × GAM-BO1 20 mm guns

RFA Fort George (A388) was a combined fleet stores ship and tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Fort George was ordered from Swan Hunter in late 1987. The ship was laid down in 1989, launched by the wife of the Commander-in-Chief Fleet Admiral Sir Jock Slater in 1991 and commissioned in 1993. Along with RFA Fort Victoria, the ship was equipped with two Phalanx CIWS point defense guns during a refit at Tyne in 1999.

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 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.[1][2]

Under the Strategic Defence and Security Review of 2010, the ship was identified for withdrawal.[3] From March 2011 she was being stripped of stores and fittings in Liverpool, where she remained for two years. She left Liverpool on 16 January 2013 under tow destined for a Turkish ship breakers.[4]

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