Lyme_Bay_2000

Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA Lyme Bay

 

 

Largs_bay_Drawing

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:   

Official Number:                      9340768                                                  

Class:                                       BAY CLASS Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary)

Pennant No:                             L3007
Laid down:                               1 October 2001
Builder:                                     Swan Hunter, Wallsend/Scotstoun
Launched:                                26 August 2005
Into Service:                             26 November 2007

Out of service:
Fate:

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  In  April 2000 an Invitation to Tender was issued for the design and build of two Alternative Landing Ships Logistics to replace RFA’s SIR PERCIVALE and SIR GERAINT which were to enter service in 2004 and 2005. Options would be provided for up to a further three vessels to replace the remainder of the ageing LSL's. Three U.K. yards submitted bids - Appledore Shipbuilders Limited, BAE Systems and Swan Hunter (Tyneside) Ltd. On 26 October 2000 an official announcement was made that four new ships would be built in a £300 million deal and that subject to negotiation of satisfactory terms and conditions, Swan Hunter (Tyneside) Ltd would be selected as lead shipyard for the programme. Two ships would be built at Wallsend with the other two being built to the Swan Hunter design by BAE Systems Marine at Govan. The ships would be based on the very successful Dutch ROTTERDAM design, but enlarged to give greater payload carrying capacity

19 December 2000 ordered along with RFA LARGS  BAY

1 October 2001 construction begun - being built in 15 x 12m sections

19 January 2005 original completion date to replace RFA SIR PERCIVALE

2 July 2005 in a floating dry dock on the River Tyne

26 August 2005 commenced floating out by Swan Hunter (Tyneside) Ltd, Wallsend as Yard Number 142. Named LYME BAY by Lady Elizabeth Fry, wife of Lt General Sir Rob Fry, Deputy Chief  of Defence Staff  (Commitments). Named after a bay on the south coast of England  between Portland and Torbay

3 September 2005 floating out completed

September 2005 crankshaft damaged and required replacement during engine trials at the shipyard

13 July 2006 MoD removed Swan Hunter from the LSD(A) programme and passed the entire project, including Design Authority and Lead Yard Services, to BAE Systems and arrangements were made to tow LYME BAYto Govan. Statement to the House of Commons included the following status summary: “ The LSD(A) programme is well advanced and RFA MOUNTS BAY, the first ship built by BAE Systems has completed Sea Trials and has been accepted by the MoD. RFA CARDIGAN BAY, the second BAE Systems ship, is due to be accepted in August. RFA LARGS BAY,the first of the Swan Hunter vessels was accepted off contract in April but this was over two years later than the original contract schedule. Although the construction of  RFA LYME BAY is well advanced, we cannot predict her acceptance date nor her cost to completion with any confidence in the current contractual arrangements. Sustaining  the current contract with Swan Hunter no longer provides value for money for the taxpayer and to continue would be likely to lead to more delays and further cost overrun”

17 July 2006 the ship sailed under tow from Swan Hunter when incomplete to Scotstoun, River Clyde arriving on 22 July 2006 for fitting out.

14 June 2007 Captain (X) Peter Farmer RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

 

Captain Peter Farner

Captain Peter Farmer RFA

 

15 June 2007 sailed from Scotstoun on sea trials

22 June 2007 arrived No: 2 Dry Dock at Falmouth

4 July 2007 floated out of No: 2 Dry Dock at Falmouth

27 July 2007 sailed County Wharf, Falmouth and anchored in Falmouth Bay. Later sailed to Portland

2 August 2007 entered RFA service

3 September 2007 at anchor in Portland Harbour

5 September 2007 entered D Lock at Portsmouth

5 October 2007 Captain (X) Kevin Rimmel RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

9 to 11 November 2007 participated in amphibious exercises on Kenpack Sands, Lizard Peninsula along with Dutch Warships Johan de Witte and Rotterdam together with RFA's LARGS BAY and MOUNTS BAY

10 November 2007 Captain (X) Peter Farmer RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

20 November 2007 alongside at Devonport

23 November 2007 in Plymouth Sound

26 November 2007 accepted into service at Portland

28 November 2007 alongside at Devonport

31 January 2008 at Portsmouth Harbour

1 February 2008 sailed Portland to the repair of the harbour at Tristan Da Cunha  - Operation Zest

24 February 2008 sailed Cape Town for Tristan da Cunha

28 February 2008 to 25 March 2008 at Tristan da Cunha for Operation Zest - emergency repairs to Calshot Harbour at Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. She sailed from the U.K. with 150 pallets of cement, 46 Royal Engineers, a detachment of 26 RLC personnel and a medical support team. She also embarked a number of construction vehicles such as bulldozers, stone crushers and cement mixers plus landing craft to transport the stores and people ashore

6 March 2008 RASed by RFA GOLD ROVER off Tristan da Cunha

29 March 2008 sailed Tristan da Cunha at the end of Operation Zest to Cape Town

14 April 2008 arrived at Jamestown, St. Helena

6 May 2008 Captain (X) Kevin Rimmel RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

23 May 2008 alongside at Devonport

June 2008 with FOST

3 July 2008 arrived at Portsmouth

8 July 2008 sailed Portsmouth

21 July 2008 alongside at Liverpool Cruise Terminal dressed overall for the Tall Ships 2008 event

26/27 July 2008 supported the Sunderland Air Show with HMS SOUTHAMPTON

8 August 2008 arrived Dutchy Wharf, Falmouth from Portland for maintenance

2 October 2008 alongside at Marchwood Military Port

23 October 2008 Captain (X) Peter Farmer RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

3 January 2009 at Marchwood Military Port

8 March 2009 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta for a crew change

12 March 2009 RASed by RFA WAVE RULER (2)

25 March 2009 RASed by RFA WAVE RULER (2)

7 April 2009 RASed by RFA WAVE RULER (2)

3 May 2009 at Bahrain

8 May 2009 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Capt Kim Watts

Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA

17 May 2009 at Bahrain

23 June 2009 at Bahrain

28 July 2009 Captain (X) Peter Farmer RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

16 August 2009 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

5 September 2009 deployed on Exercise Shamal - a UK/US Mine Countermeasures exercise - in the Persian Gulf

Lyme Bay Gulf Formation op Shamal

RFA Lyme Bay flanked by three US mine hunters and a UK MCMV with USS Bataan during Exercise Shamal

 

10 September 2009 HRH The Earl of Wessex visited the ship in his role as Commodore in Chief of the RFA. He was accompanied by Brig John Smedley his Private Secretary.

17/18 September 2009 Commander in Chief Fleet, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE visited the ship

12 November 2009 Captain (X) Peter Farmer RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

January 2010 RFA's ARGUS, LYME BAY, WAVE KNIGHT and WAVE RULER (2) together with RN units have been honoured by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for their work to repress piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden at the 26th Session of the IMO.

2 May 2010 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

9 May 2010 Captain (E) Edward M Quigley RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 August 2010 Captain (X) Peter Farmer RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

27 August 2010 with RFA Lyme Bay acting as an afloat headquarters four RN mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) departed Bahrain for a ten-day exercise with their counterparts from the US Navy in the Gulf. The exercise was designed to enable the two navies to further develop mine hunting techniques in the warm, shallow waters of the Middle East, which form a busy and important maritime environment. For the RN, it was also an opportunity for the Commander UK Mine Countermeasures Force to direct a bilateral, multi-ship mine counter measures task force at sea. The British contingent consisted of two Hunt Class MCMVs, HMS MIDDLETON and HMS CHIDDINGFOLD and two Sandown Class vessels, HMS GRIMSBY and HMS PEMBROKE

13 November 2010 in the Straits of Hormuz with HMS CHIDDINGFOLD alongside

26 November 2010 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

30 March 2011 with HMS PEMBROKE and HMS MIDDLETON took part in exercise with NATO’s Maritime Mine Counter Measures Group 2 to exercise in the Arabian Gulf during the final part of a month long exercise. Exercise INAS BAHR (Friendly Seas)

4 July 2011 Captain (X) Ian Johnson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

28 November 2011 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

3 December 2011 berthed at Bahrain

16 December 2011 still berthed at Bahrain

1 April 2012 berthed at Bahrain

27 May 2012 Temporary Acting Captain (X) David Gilzean RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

28 June 2012 alongside at Falmouth in refit

2 July 2012 in a floating dock at Falmouth

19 November 2012 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

21 December 2012 arrived at Falmouth

3 January 2013 sailed from Falmouth

4 January 2013 berthed at Portland

17 January 2013 berthed at Portland

28 January 2013 was in the Solent

29 January 2014 at Portland

20 February 2013 at Plymouth Sound

6 March 2013 at Portland

17 April 2013 sailed from Falmouth

26 April 2013 off the Scilly Isles

20 May 2013 Temporary Acting Captain (X) David Gilzean RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

3 July 2013 Temporary Acting Captain (X) Simon Herbert RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

12 July 2013 berthed at Flushing

29 July 2013 RASed with RFA ORANGELEAF (3) in the English Channel

2 August 2013 berthed at Marchwood

4 August 2013 while alongside at Marchwood loaded bunkers from tanker Whitchallenger

7 August 2013 sailed from Marchwood

14 August 2013 sailed Plymouth

19 August 2013 berthed at Gibraltar with RFA MOUNTS BAY and HMS WESTMINSTER

16 October 2013 joined Operation Atalanta as part of the EU's counter piracy naval force off Somalia

22 October 2013 EU Navfor Force Commander - Commodore Peter Lenselink visited Lyme Bay

 

Force-Commander-Visits-LYME-Bay 

EU Navfor Force Commander - Commodore Peter Lenselink visited Lyme Bay 

12 November 2013 & 13 November 2013 together with HNLMS Johan de Witt engaged in Exercise 'Cutlass Express'. Serviceman from Djibouti, Uganda, Somalia and Rwanda having been divided into three teams searched and secured various parts of the ship

2 December 2013 at Souda Bay, Crete

16 December 2013 Captain (X) Jonathan P C Huxley RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

11 January 2014 sailed Falmouth

12 January 2014 arrived at Portland

17 January 2014 sailed Portland to Marchwood Military Port arriving 18 January 2014

19 January 2014 sailed Marchwood Military Port

3 February 2014 berthed at Bergen, Norway

14 February 2014 sailed Bergen, Norway

22 February 2014 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

3 March 2014 sailed Marchwood Military Port

21 April 2014 Captain (X) Ian Johnson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

26 April 2014 sailed Portland to Plymouth 

4 May 2014 arrived and later sailed from Plymouth Sound

5 May 2014 berthed at Portsmouth

10 May 2014 at Portsmouth

13 May 2014 anchored in the Solent off Browndown Camp

6 June 2014 Temporary Acting Captain (X) Rob Anders RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

16 July 2014 Captain (E) Nigel P Burke RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

22 July 2014 Captain (X) Jonathan P C Huxley RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

21 July 2014 sailed Falmouth

22 July 2014 berthed at Falmouth

25 July 2014 sailed Falmouth

28 July 2014 berthed at Portland

11 August 2014 sailed Portland

15 August 2014 berthed at Portland

18 August 2014 sailed Portland berthing later at Fawley on Southampton Water

21 August 2014 sailed Fawley, Southampton Water

2 September 2014 berthed at Gibraltar with RFA WAVE KNIGHT (2) and HMS BULWALK and other RN units on Exercise Cougar 14

4 September 2014 sailed Gibraltar

6 October 2014 berthed at Mina Sulman

10 October 2014 sailed Mina Sulman

25 October 2014 at Khalifa Nin Salman, Bahrain

3 November 2014 sailed Hidd, Bahrain

2 December 2014 at Souda Bay, Crete

4 December 2014 passed Malta sailing west

8 December 2014 berthed on the South Arm of Gibraltar Dockyard

18 December 2014 a group of students from Westside School, Gibraltar visited the ship and enjoyed a conducted tour

 

Lyme Bay visit 2

MoD Copyright 

31 December 2014 sailed Gibraltar

3 January 2015 anchored in the Solent off the Isle of Wight

5 January 2015 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

6 January 2015 sailed Marchwood Military Port

7 January 2015 arrived at Falmouth

12 January 2015 Captain (E) Terence J M Edwards RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

15 January 2015 Captain (X) Kim C Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

28 January 2015 sailed Falmouth

31 January 2015 berthed at Portland

9 February 2015 sailed Portland

13 February 2015 berthed at Portland

14 February 2015 sailed Portland

16 February 2015 at sea off Holyhead

22 February 2015 berthed at Portland

28 February 2015 Captain (E) Paul A Petersen RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

2 March 2015 sailed Portland. Later anchored in the Large Ships anchorage in the Solent opposite Browndown Camp before sailing again into the English Channel

13 March 2015 berthed at Portland

16 March 2015 Captain (E) Paul Petersen RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer - the ship sailed from Portland

6 April 2015 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

7 April 2015 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

8 April 2015 sailed Marchwood Military Port

9 April 2015 passing Dover sailing North East

11 April 2015 berthed at Leith Docks, Edinburgh

12 April 2015 sailed from Leith Docks, Edinburgh

25 April 2015 arrived at Plymouth after Naval Exercises on the west coast of Scotland

26 April 2015 sailed Plymouth Sound

27 April 2015 anchored in the big ships anchorage in the Solent

30 April 2015 sailed from the big ships anchorage in the Solent

1 May 2015 berthed alongside at Falmouth

18 June 2015 RASed with RFA BLACK ROVER in the English Channel

7 July 2015 Captain (E) Alistair C Bowditch RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

9 July 2015 at Bermuda

Lyme Bay at Bermuda

RFA Lyme Bay alongside at Bermuda

Lyme Bay Bermuda Reef

RFA Lyme Bay on passage from Bermuda to Grand Gayman

15 July 2015 anchored off George Town, Grand Cayman

16 July 2015 the Governor of the Cayman Islands receives a new car - delivered from RFA Lyme Bay by Mexe-float. Also Captain (X) Paul Minter RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

Cayman Is Governor

The Governor of the Cayman Islands receives her new car

Capt Paul Minter

Captain (X) Paul Minter RFA

19 July 2015 sailed George Town, Grand Cayman

26 July 2015 at Tortola, British Virgin Islands

1 August 2015 at Turks & Caicos Islands

6 August 2015 the Key West Citizen reported

LYME bAY AT key west

RFA Lyme Bay berthing at the Outer Mole Pier, Key West, Florida

Lyme Bay L3007 Key West 2

 

9 August 2015 sailed Key West, Florida

13 August 2015 anchored off Rendezvous Beach, Monserrat

16 August 2015 berthed at Fort de France, Martinique

19 August 2015 sailed Fort de France, Martinique

28 August 2015 berthed at Curacao

29 August 2015 diverted to Dominica to provide assistance after the island had been hit by Tropical Storm Erika which caused severe flooding, landslides and wide spread infrastructual damage. Twenty people have been reported killed and thirty one are missing

Dominica 4

Aid going ashore to Dominica

8 September 2015 anchored off Bridgetown, Barbados

14 September 2015 sailed from Barbados

17 September 2015 berthed at Port of Spain, Trinidad

20 September 2015 sailed Port of Spain, Trinidad

22 September 2015 reported in Parliament that Lyme Bay had provided to the Government and people of Dominica after Tropical Storm Erica 7,170 hot meals, 78,000 litres of bottled and containerised water and 20 tonnes of dry provisions. 35 patients had been treated ashore and the crew had removed 600 tons of earth from homes and roads and provided other clearance tasks for Government buildings and roads etc

24 September 2015 berthed at Kingston, Jamaica

29 September 2015 at Kingston, Jamaica David Cameron, British Prime Minister visited the ship while on the Island having Heads of Government talks

PM boards Lyme Bay

Prime Minister boards RFA Lyme Bay

30 September 2015 at Kingston Jamaica over three days crew members together with members of the Jamaican Defence Force provided renovation and general rehabilitation to a Drop in Centre for the Homeless in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica

1 October 2015 sailed Kingston, Jamaica with 14,000 pounds of cereal products; 85 cases of pasta; 1,260 cans of canned meat and vegetables; 3,000 bottles of water; 200 cases of tarpaulins and 102 blankets for Acklins Island, Crooked Island and Mayaguana in the Bahamas which had been hit by the Catagory 4 Hurricane Joaquin

Lyme Bay off Crooked Island landing help

RFA Lyme Bay off Crooked Island, Bahamas landing her crew to
provide humanitarian assistance 

© MOD

10 October 2015 sailed Crooked Island, Bahamas to Key West, Florida

11 October 2015 berthed at Key West, Florida. Captain (E) Nigel P Burke RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 October 2015 sailed Key West, Florida

19 October 2015 in Parliament the Minister of State of the Department of International Development Mr Desmond Swayne advised the House in a written reply that following a request from the Government of the Bahamas Lyme Bay was deployed to provide humanitarian assistance to the worst affected of the Family Islands. During its deployment, working in close coordination with the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamian Defence Force, Lyme Bay was able to distribute approximately 60 tonnes of emergency stores on behalf of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and to provide evacuation, clean-up, repair and other immediate emergency assistance on Acklins Island, Long Island, Long Cay and Crooked Islands. Lyme Bay was also able to offer valuable support for the international rapid assessment mission by accommodating on board the 19 person strong CDEMA assessment teams from 6-8 October and facilitating their access to the most affected islands

11 November 2015 berthed at Cartagena, Colombia

12 November 2015 sailed from Cartagena, Colombia

15 November 2015 anchored off Port Royal, Jamaica

19 November 2015 berthed at Port Everglades, Florida

22 November 2015 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

26 November 2015 sailed Port Everglades, Florida

27 November 2015 berthed at Havana Cruise Ship Terminal, Cuba hosting a multi-national Disaster Management Workshop. The workshop brought together representatives from the UK, including the Defence Advisor to the Caribbean Patrick Brown, and the British Consul Jane Atkinson; from Cuba (Ministry for Transport, Ministry for the Armed Forces, the Navy, and from Civil Defence); and observers from Canada, the United States, and Russia

CO Lyme Bay Cuba

Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA and H.E. Tim Cole, British Ambassador at a wreath laying ceremony at Havana, Cuba

 

1 December 2015 sailed Havana, Cuba

12 December 2015 berthed at Ponta Delgada, Azores sailing some six hours later

17 December 2015 anchored in the large ships anchorage in the Solent off Stokes Bay

18 December 2015 berthed alongside at Marchwood Military Port sailing some nine hours later

19 December 2015 berthed at Falmouth

9 February 2016 at Falmouth alongside Queens Wharf during Storm Imogen with the tug St Piran keeping her at her berth for 22 hours

15 February 2016 berthed at Portland

March 2016 awarded the 'Ship of the Year' trophy for 2015 for Humanitarian aid in the Caribbean after Tropical Storm Erika and the Catagory 4 Hurricane Joaquin

17 March 2016 sailed Falmouth

21 March 2016 arrived at Plymouth

22 March 2016 sailed from Plymouth

26 March 2016 Captain (X) Paul B Minter RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

28 March 2016 arrived at Plymouth sailing later the same day

29 March 2016 arrived at Plymouth sailing later the same day

30 March 2016 arrived at Plymouth sailing later the same day

1 April 2016 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

3 April 2016 sailed from Marchwood Military Port and anchored off Stokes Bay

8 April 2016 at Portland, later Plymouth

10 April 2016 berthed at Portland

11 April 2016 anchored off Browndown Training Area, at Stokes Bay with HMS BULWALK

24 April 2016 Captain (E) David A Wardell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 May 2016 berthed at Gibraltar

11 May 2016 sailed from Gibraltar

15 May 2016 berthed at Souda Bay, Crete

19 May 2016 sailed Souda Bay to provide assistance following the crash of an Egypt Air Flight

22 May 2016 at Port Said and transitted the Suez Canal

1 June 2016 off Dubai

3 June 2016 berthed at Mina Sulman

5 June 2016 sailed from Mina Sulman later the same day sailed from Sitrah

28 June 2016 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

10 August 2016 berthed at Bahrain

24 September 2016 Captain (X) Paul Minter RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

10 October 2016 in the Persian Gulf engaged in Mine Countermeasures Exercise 17-1 together with HMS MIDDLETON (M34), HMS CHIDDINGFOLD (M37), HMS PENZANCE (M106), HMS BANGOR (M109) together with USS Devastator (MCM 6), USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Dextrous (MCM 13) as well as MH-53 helicopters from HM-15 Detachment Two

LYBAY 10 10 16

 

6 November 2016 Captain (X) Kim Watts RFA appointed as Commanding Officer and Captain (E) Richard M Maddock RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

25 November 2016 berthed at Bahrain

22 January 2017 sailed Bahrain

1 February 2017 berthed at Bahain

10 February 2017 sailed Bahrain

26 February 2017 berthed at Bahrain

3 March 2017 sailed Bahrain

5 March 2017 berthed at Dubai

13 March 2017 sailed Dubai

14 March 2017 berthed at Abu Dhabi

19 March 2017 sailed from Abu Dhabi

22 March 2017 berthed at Abu Dhabi

26 March 2017 sailed Abu Dhabi

29 March 2017 berthed at Bahrain

30 March 2017 Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

3 April 2017 sailed Bahrain

7 April 2017 berthed at Bahrain

9 April 2017 at Bahrain the ship was visited by the Commander, Combined Task Force 151 - Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force

 

Lyme Bay visit by Task Force Commander 9 4 17

Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force Commander,
Combined Task Force 151 

 

 

Notes:

Was named after an area of the English Channel between Torbay and Portland on the South Coast but was originally to have been named ABOUKIR BAY to commemorate the sea battle fought under Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson against the French  on 01 August 1798 off Egypt, but this was deemed to be not politically correct!

 

 

 

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