Mounts Bay 2006

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RFA Mounts Bay

 

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RFA Mounts Bay at Portland with her new engine exhausts

 
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                      9240770 

Class:                                     BAY CLASS Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary)

Pennant No:                            L3008

Laid down:                              14 January 2002
Builder:                                   BAE Systems, Govan
Launched:                               19 April 2004
Into Service:                            13 July 2006
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 4  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 November 2001 ordered along with RFA CARDIGAN BAY

14 January 2002 laid down - being built in 7 blocks

19 April 2004 launched by BAE Systems Marine, Govan as Yard Number 0323 named MOUNTS BAY. The Lady Sponsor was Lady Band, wife of Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, CinC FLEET. Named after Mounts Bay in Cornwall. When launched she struck a quay wall causing minor damage to her port quarter

May 2005 original in service date

8 September 2005 sailed Scotstoun for 2 weeks of sea trials

15 December 2005 Captain Ross G Ferris OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. Ship accepted and moved to Faslane

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Captain Ross G Ferris OBE RFA

10 January 2006 sailed HMNB Faslane

13 January 2006 arrived Portland Harbour

22 February 2006 sailed Portland Harbour

24 February 2006 arrived at Portsmouth and berthed on the NW Wall

24 March 2006 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

27 March 2006 at Portland. Captain (X) Trevor Isles RFA appointed as Commanding Officer until 26 August 2006

3 April 2006 sailed Portland Harbour

4 April 2006 after exercises in Lyme Bay at anchor in Portland Anchorage

6 April 2006 to Portland Q4 pier

21 April 2006 at Portland

24 April 2006 to sea from Portland Harbour for sea trials then to Portland anchorage

29 April 2006 arrived Devonport berthing on D Buoy after part of her First of Class trials

3 May 2006 sailed Devonport to commence FOST Work-Up

6 May 2006 at St Peter Port

7 May 2006 sailed St Peter Port

8 May 2006 arrived at Portsmouth

12 May 2006 sailed Portsmouth

13 May 2006 arrived at Portland Harbour

19 May 2006 sailed from Portland Harbour to berth at Marchwood Military Port the same day

24 May 2006 sailed Marchwood Military Port and anchored in the Solent off Brown Down

26 May 2006 sailed the Solent anchorage for Plymouth

28 May 2006 arrived Plymouth Harbour making fast to C Buoy

30 May 2006 sailed Plymouth Harbour on exercises

1 June 2006 carried out loading trials with 539 ASRM / 17 Port Regt RCT

2 June 2006 berthed Devonport at number 16 wharf

4 June 2006 sailed Devonport

9 June 2006 arrived Plymouth Harbour making fast to D Buoy

10 June 2006 sailed Plymouth

16 June 2006 berthed Devonport at number 16 wharf

19 June 2006 sailed Devonport

24 June 2006 arrived at Portsmouth Harbour berthing on the NW wall

26 June 2006 sailed Portsmouth to Portland arriving the same day

30 June 2006 sailed Portland

2 July 2006 arrived at Plymouth

4 July 2006 sailed Plymouth returning the next day

10 July 2006 sailed Plymouth

13 July 2006 in service date

14 July 2006 arrived at Plymouth

17 July 2006 sailed Plymouth

20 July 2006 arrived at Plymouth

25 July 2006 completed her FOST Training. Sailed Plymouth for Falmouth

2 August 2006  Post-Acceptance Maintenance Period at Falmouth

30 August 2006 at Falmouth. Captain (X) Trevor Isles RFA appointed as Commanding Officer until 8 September 2006

4 September 2006 Operation VELA, a three month deployment to West Africa, was under the command of Commander UK Amphibious Group, Commodore Phil Jones. The VELA deployment involved a significant number of Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships, the Royal Marine Commandos and helicopters. The Task Group included HMS Albion, HMS Ocean, HMS Southampton, HMS Argyll, RFA Wave Knight (2), RFA Mounts Bay, RFA Sir Bedivere, RFA Fort Austin, HMS Enterprise, RFA Diligence, RFA Oakleaf (2), Mine Counter Measure Squadron 1 and a Fleet submarine together with the Fleet Lead Commando Group, consisting of 40 Commando Royal Marines, 59 Commando Independent Engineering Squadron, 29 Commando Royal Artillery and 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines. Also involved were elements of Fleet Diving Unit 2 and 849 (B) Flight from RNAS Culdrose. Embarked in HMS OCEAN for the deployment a Tailored Air Group (TAG) was formed, consisting of Sea King helicopters of 845 Naval Air Squadron, 846 Naval Air Squadron, Merlin Mk 1 aircraft from 820 Naval Air Squadron and Lynx helicopters of 847 Naval Air Squadron. The Vela task group conducted an amphibious exercise, Exercise Green Eagle, in Sierra Leone.

MBAY Officers Crew and customers

9 September 2006 sailed from Queens Wharf, Falmouth then returned to Falmouth after sea trials after post acceptance maintenance

15 September 2006 First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, KCB, accompanied by Lady Sarah Band, attended a Service of Dedication for the ship at Falmouth Docks where Lady Band, the ship's sponsor, was the guest of honour. Over 350 guests were invited to attend the event with music provided by the Royal Marine Band from Devonport

18 September 2006 sailed Falmouth for Marchwood Military Port to load stores

19 September 2006 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

21 September 2006 sailed Marchwood Military Port

22 September 2006 arrived at Cawsands Bay and anchored

23 September 2006 sailed from Cawsands Bay

26 September 2006 berthed at Lisbon alongside

1 October 2006 sailed from Lisbon

11 October 2006 Exercise Green Eagle commenced

20  October 2006 anchored off Sierra Leone during Operation Vela (see above)

24 October 2006 until 27 October 2006 engaged in Operation Vela

11 November 2006 berthed alongside at Las Palmas

16 November 2006 sailed Las Palmas for Marchwood Military Port

21 November 2006 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

5 December 2006 sailed Marchwood Military Port

9 December 2006 berthed alongside at Sorreisa, Norway

10 December 2006 sailed from Sorreisa, Norway

16 December 2006 berthed at Portland and Captain (X) Trevor Isles RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

19 December 2006 sailed Portland on sea trials anchoring overnight

20 December 2006 berthed at Portland

23 January 2007 sailed Portland on sea trials

24 January 2007 berthed at Portland

28 January 2007 sailed Portland

1 February 2007 arrived at Marchwood Military Port then sailed the same day to Portland

2 February 2007 berthed at Portland

6 February 2007 sailed Portland

8 February 2007 the port side Fast Rescue Craft was deployed for training. The automatic release hook did not release and the 2 man crew were thrown into the sea. They were rescued after 10 minutes and returned to the ship unharmed. There was a Marine Accident Investigation

9 February 2007 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

12 February 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port

13 February 2007 berthed at Flushing

16 February 2007 arrived at Marchwood Military Port sailing later the same day for Portland

17 February 2007 arrived at Portland

8 March 2007 at Portland

12 March 2007 at Portland

21 March 2007 sailed Portland

22 March 2007 arrived at Dover

25 March 2007 sailed from Dover

26 March 2007 arrived at Portland

30 March 2007 sailed from Portland

1 April 2007 arrived at Falmouth and entered No: 2 Dry Dock

10 April 2007 moved from No: 2 Dry Dock to Queens Wharf, Falmouth

12 April 2007 sailed from Falmouth on trials

14 April 2007 returned from trials and berthed at Falmouth

15 April 2007 ship granted the Freedom of Falmouth

18 April 2007 sailed Falmouth for Greenock

20 April 2007 at Tail o the Bank with HMS BANGOR

21 April 2007 to 3 May 2007 exercise Neptune Warrior with RFA LARGS BAY

1 May 2007 participated in the Carina Deployment to the Baltic together with RFA LARGS BAY

4 May 2007 berthed at Marchwood Military Port from Gothenburg

5 May 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port for the Baltic and involvement in Exercise Noble Mariner until 28 May 2007

30 May 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port for La Pallice

1 June 2007 at La Pallice

2 June 2007 sailed La Pallice

3 June 2007 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

4 June 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port for exercises off Browndown Camp in the Solent and then to La Pallice arriving 8 June 2007

10 June 2007 sailed La Pallice

12 June 2007 arrived at Marchwood Military Port

14 June 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port for Falmouth

15 June 2007 berthed at Dutchy Wharf, Falmouth for a Maintenance Period

22 June 2007 entered No: 2 Dry Dock at Falmouth

4 July 2007 floated out of No: 2 Dry Dock and berthed on Dutchy Wharf at Falmouth. Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

14 July 2007 sailed Falmouth for Marchwood Military Port arriving the next day

16 July 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port for Zeebrugge arriving the next day

18 July 2007 sailed Zeebrugge for Marchwood Military Port arriving the same day

25 July 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port for Abaeron arriving 27 July 2007

30 July 2007 sailed Abaeron for Leith arriving 1 August 2007

1 August 2007 to 24 August 2007  at Ocean Quay, Leith, Edinburgh. Flagship to FOSNNI Rear Admiral Charles A Johnston-Burt and to RM Association of Scotland

25 August 2007 sailed Leith Docks for Portland arriving 27 August 2007

17 September 2007 sailed Portland for Cawsand arriving the next day and anchored

15 September 2007 Captain (X) Ross Ferris OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

20 September 2007 arrived at Marchwood Military Port

25 September 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port for an exercise which included RFA's ARGUS, FORT ROSALIE (2) and LARGS BAY

5 October 2007 arrived at Falmouth Bay from Portland

6 October 2007 sailed Falmouth Bay for Devonport berthing on No: 1 Jetty

13 October 2007 sailed Devonport and engaged in Exercise Sea Spear

15 October 2007 berthed at No: 20 Jetty at Den Helder

20 October 2007 sailed Den Helder still engaged in Exercise Sea Spear

25 October 2007 berthed at Amsterdam until 27 October 2007

28 October 2007 berthed at Marchwood Military Port and Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

29 October 2007 to 9 November 2007 deployed to Harstad, Northern Norway

30 October 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port

10 November 2007 at Marchwood Military Port and Captain (X) Ross Ferris OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

11 to 16 November 2007 participated in amphibious exercise on Kenpack Sands, Lizard Peninsula along with Dutch warships Johan de Witte and Rotterdam together with RFA's LARGS BAY and LYME BAY

11 November 2007 Rememberance Ceremonies at Marchwood Military Port

12 November 2007 sailed Marchwood Military Port

13 November 2007 arrived at Falmouth Bay

15 November 2007 sailed from Falmouth Bay

16 November 2007 berthed at Portland

20 November 2007 sailed Portland for Poole

23 November 2007 berthed at Portland

5 January 2008 sailed Portland

6 January 2008 arrived at Dundee

7 January 2008 sailed from Dundee for Bogen

12 January 2008 sailed Bogan

14 January 2008 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

15 January 2008 sailed Marchwood Military Port

19 January 2008 arrived at Hellebogen

20 January 2008 sailed Hellebogen to Bogen arriving the next day

21 January 2008 sailed Bogen for Portland arriving 25 January 2008

27 January 2008 sailed Portland for Browndown and Plymouth arriving 2 February 2008

5 February 2008 sailed Plymouth for Glasgow    

9 February 2008 anchored in the River Clyde off Port Glasgow

10 to 15 February 2008 alongside KGV Dock at Glasgow

15 February 2008 sailed the River Clyde to Hammerfest, Norway arriving 20 February 2008

21 February 2008 at Rypefjord, Norway

9 March 2008 sailed Bogen for Dundee arriving 12 March 2008

13 March 2008 sailed Dundee to Browndown arriving 15 March 2008 then onward to Portland arriving the next day

24 March 2008 Temporary Acting Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

 

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Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA

26 March 2008 sailed for Rota, Spain to join in the Spanish led Espabras Exercise to Brazil. The only British participant

30 March 2008 at Rota, Spain embarking Spanish Marines

3 April 2008 Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA presented to the Principe de Asturias Phillipe (the future King of Spain)

13 April 2008 sailed Rota, Spain for Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

17 April 2008 arrived at Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

18 April 2008 sailed Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

1 May 2008 arrived at Rio de Janeiro

5 May 2008 sailed Rio de Janeiro

16 May 2008 arrived at Salvador

18 May 2008 sailed Salvador

2 June 2008 berthed at Portland

7 June 2008 sailed Portland for Falmouth Bay

8 June 2008 alongside at Dutchy Wharf, Falmouth

14 July 2008 in dry dock at Falmouth

28 July 2008 sailed Falmouth

1 August 2008 at St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands anchorage

3 August 2008 sailed St. Peter Port, Gurnsey

8 August 2008 at New Quay (Wales) Regatta until 11 August 2008

13 August 2008 at Belfast until 19 August 2008

21 August 2008 at Fowey Regatta until 25 August 2008

26 August 2008 at Plymouth

27 August 2008 at Bournemouth Air Show until 1 September 2008

1 September 2008 berthed at Portland

4 September 2008 sailed from Portland to Portland anchorage

6 September 2008 sailed Portland anchorage for Plymouth arriving the next day

7 September 2008 sailed Plymouth

12 September 2008 alongside at Loch Ewe

17 September 2008 arrived at Peel, Isle of Man sailing the same day

19 September 2008 at Marchwood Military Port

23 September 2008 Captain (X) Ross Ferris RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. The same day sailed Marchwood Military Port for La Rochelle

25 September 2008 arrived at La Rochelle

29 September 2008 sailed La Rochelle

2 October 2008 arrived at Faslane on the Clyde to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior 02

6 October 2008 sailed Faslane

10 October 2008 arrived Loch Eribol

12 October 2008 sailed Loch Eribol

13 October 2008 arrived Loch Ewe

15 October 2008 sailed Loch Ewe

17 October 2008 arrived at Plymouth

23 October 2008 sailed Plymouth participated in Staff College Sea Days in the English Channel along with RFA FORT AUSTIN

24 October 2008 arrive Portland

7 November 2008 sailed Portland

8 November 2008 arrived at Marchwood Military Port

11 November 2008 sailed Marchwood Military Port

12 November 2008 arrived at Portland

27 November 2008 sailed Portland

29 November 2008 arrived at Plymouth

5 December 2008 alongside at Devonport

9 December 2008 sailed Plymouth Sound ('C' Buoy) for week 2 of FOST work up

13 December 2008 on 'C' Buoy, Playmouth Sound

15 December 2008 sailed Plymouth Sound ('C' Buoy) for week 3 of FOST work up

19 December 2008 berthed on 'Q' Pier at Portland

18 January 2009 sailed Portland

25 January 2009 berthed on No: 4 berth, Marchwood Military Port

27 January 2009 sailed Marchwood Military Port

28 January 2009 on 'C' Buoy, Plymouth Sound

2 February 2009 sailed Plymouth Sound to participate in Exercise SW Sword

5 February 2009 on 'C' Buoy, Plymouth Sound

26 February 2009 sailed Plymouth for Exercise Sun Sword returning to Plymouth on 10 February 2009

11 February 2009 sailed Plymouth for Marchwood Military Port arriving 13 February 2009

16 February 2009 sailed Marchwood Military Port for Portland arriving the same day

22 February 2009 sailed Portland for Gibraltar arriving 27 February 2009

2 March 2009 sailed Gibraltar to Kusadasi, Turkey

13 March 2009 with HMS OCEAN berthed at Kusadasi North Pier, Turkey

18 March 2009 sailed Kusadasi, Turkey for Exercises

29 March 2009 with RFA FORT AUSTIN and HMS OCEAN berthed at Izmir, Turkey

31 March 2009 sailed Izmir, Turkey to Plymouth arriving 8 April 2009

9 April 2009 sailed Plymouth for Marchwood Military Port arriving the same day

20 April 2009 sailed from Marchwood Military Port to Portland arriving the next day

24 April 2009 sailed Portland for Hebburn on Tyne arriving 27 April 2009

23 May 2009 sailed from Hebburn, River Tyne to Portland arriving 25 May 2009

1 June 2009 sailed Portland return there on 5 June 2009

8 June 2009 sailed Portland for Liverpool

13 June 2009 and 14 June 2009 alongside the QM2 Berth at Liverpool

15 June 2009 sailed Liverpool to Portsmouth berthing on the Sheer Jetty, Portsmouth Harbour on 16 June 2009

20 June 2009 sailed from Portsmouth to take part in a joint Indo-UK Naval Exercise until 25 June 2009 together with RFA FORT ROSALIE, HMS's WESTMINSTER and LANCASTER together with INS Delhi, INS Brahmaputra and the Indian Navy replenshipment ship INS Aditya

26 June 2009 berthed at Sheer Jetty, Portsmouth Harbour

29 June 2009 sailed Portsmouth Harbour for Den Helder berthing at Berth 20 on 3 July 2009

6 July 2009 sailed Den Helder for Portland Harbour arriving the next day

27 July 2009 sailed Portland Harbour deep water berth returning to Q2/4 Pier, Portland Harbour on 31 July 2009

6 August 2009 sailed Portmouth Harbour for County Wharf, Falmouth arriving the next day

10 August 2009 sailed Falmouth for Pollock Dock, Belfast arriving 12 August 2009

17 August 2009 sailed Belfast for Portland Harbour arriving the next day

19 August 2009 sailed Portland Harbour and anchored off Bournemouth

24 August 2009 sailed from Bournemouth anchorage to Plymouth Sound making fast to 'C' Buoy

3 September 2009 moved from Plymouth Sound to 15/16 Wharf at Devonport

4 September 2009 Captain Gerard A Patterson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

 

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Captain G A Patterson RFA

8 September 2009 sailed Devonport to Portland Harbour arriving 25 September 2009

2 October 2009 sailed from the River Tyne

4 October 2009 at Portland

5 October 2009 sailed Portland and berthed on Wharf 6 & 7 at Devonport

14 October 2009 sailed Devonport for Portmouth arriving the next day

5 November 2009 sailed Portsmouth

6 November 2009 a British fisherman from the beam trawler Koremeloem fell overboard roughly 20 miles off Hastings, East Sussex. He was rescued by a French helicopter and landed on Mounts Bay but the fisherman died. An inquest on 23 July 2010 at Torquay Town Hall recorded a verdict of 'accidental death'

8 November 2009 berthed at Dundee - Eastern Wharf

9 November 2009 sailed Dundee

13 November 2009 berthed at Hadstad RoRo Wharf

14 November 2009 sailed Hadstad

20 November 2009 berthed at Portland

18 December 2009 arrived on the River Tyne

11 January 2010 sailed the Tyne after being berthed at A & P's yard at Hebburn for a full survey

8 February 2010 Assistant Cook David Stephen Trotter discharged dead

12 February 2010 involved with Royal Marine and Army Units in Operation Cold Response at Harstad, Norway

8 March 2010 berthed at Dundee

5 April 2010 at Portland

14 April 2010 commenced a refit at Falmouth

12 May 2010 dry docked at Falmouth

8 July 2010 flooded out of dry dock at Falmouth

11 August 2010 completed refit at Falmouth

13 December 2010 alongside at Portland

3 April 2011 anchored in the Solent big ships anchorage

29 April 2011 off Plymouth

3 June 2011 berthed in Malta GC

21 June 2011 anchored in the Solent big ships anchorage

5 August 2011 sailed Portsmouth Naval Base

15 August 2011 anchored of Bournemouth

16 August 2011 alongside at Portland

18 September 2011 off Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland

17 October 2011 sailed Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre and anchored in the Solent big ships anchorage off Browndown Camp

9 January 2012 at Portland the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond boarded the ship for a meeting with the Dorset Police to discuss security at the part of the Olympic Games being held locally

16 January 2012 sailed Faslane Naval Base

1 April 2012 sailed Duchy wharf, Falmouth to sea

9 April 2012 sailed Marchwood Military Port berthing at Porland the same day

12 April 2012 sailed Portland to Plymouth arriving the same day

14 April 2012 sailed Plymouth

16 April 2012 off Greenock Esplanade with Naval units from the Royal Navy, the USA, Denmark, Norway, France, Canada, Germany (FGS Emden - F210, FGS Hessen - F221, FGS FrankfurtAm Main - A1412) and the Netherlands. Sailed for Exercise Joint Warrior off Scotland

3 May 2012 sailed Plymouth Sound

4 May 2012 berthed at Marchwood Military Port

8 May 2012 sailed Marchwood Military Port

11 May 2012 berthed at Portland

14 May 2012 sailed Portland

24 June 2012 alongside at Rotterdam, Holland

30 June 2012 at Plymouth with HMS ARGYLL conducted a steam past as part of the Armed Forces Day with HMS ARGYLL, firing a 21-gun salute in honour of the presence of The Earl of Wessex

6 September 2012 Captain (X) David J Buck RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

13 October 2012 berthed at Gibraltar

27 October 2012 alongside at Toulon, France

19 November 2012 berthed at Malta GC with HMS BULWALK, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and MV Hartland Point

20 November 2012 the ship was visited by the Commodore in Chief - the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex. Later the Countess presented to St Johns Ambulance, Malta GC two ambulances which had been donated by the East Midland Ambulance Service and conveyed to the islands by RFA Mounts Bay

22 November 2012 sailed from Grand Harbour, Malta GC

1 May 2013 at Falmouth and Captain Gerard A Patterson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

22 July 2013 at Falmouth

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

22 August 2013 sailed Gibraltar

22 October 2013 at Falmouth

11 December 2013 at Plymouth Sound

14 February 2014 at Falmouth

12 May 2014 berthed at Falmouth

10 August 2015 Captain (X) David J Buck RFA appointed as Commanding Officer and Captain (E) Richard M Maddock RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

Captain David Buck

Captain (X) David J Buck RFA

19 October 2015 Captain (E) Paul Petersen RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

17 November 2015 sailed Falmouth

15 December 2015 Captain (X) Richard Taylor RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

19 January 2016 berthed at Gibraltar with Lieutenant General Edward Davis CB CBE the new Governor of Gibraltar onboard to take up his appointment

January 2016 the newly formed "Special Purpose Task Group" (SPTG) set up for deployments to the Mediterranean. The task group is formed around Zulu Company of the Arbroath-based 45 Commando Royal Marines. Additional enabling personnel from 29 Regiment Royal Artillery, 17 Port and Maritime Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps, 24 Engineer Regiment, and 30 (Information Exploitation) Commando Royal Marines were attached to provide specialist capabilities and expertise. The Task Group has been deployed on RFA Mounts Bay

5 March 2016 at Split, Croatia. Assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in support of the migrant crisis in the Aegean Sea where she patrolled the Straits off the island of Lesbos detecting, reporting and escorting over 350 migrants to safety

18 March 2016 Captain (E) Richard M Maddock RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 April 2016 berthed at Gibraltar

14 April 2016 Captain (X) David J Buck RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

11 May 2016 while the ship was berthed in Gibraltar, the Foreign Secretary - the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP - came on board to meet the Commanding Officer and the crew

30 May 2016 sailed Gibraltar

22 June 2016 Captain (E) Charles Stevenson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 August 2016 Captain (X) Christopher G Clarke MBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

1 September 2016 anchored in Gibraltar Bay

19 September 2016 joined HMS's OCEAN and BULWARK together with MV Eddystone Point on a joint expeditionary deployment to the Mediterrean and the Middle East. Other RN, US and French Naval vessels were reported to be joining the deployment later

MBAY Bulwalk Ocean

RFA Mounts Bay together with HMS's Bulwalk and Ocean on deployment
© MOD acknowledged

14 October 2016 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta

14 December 2016 sailed 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound to sea

17 December 2016 arrived at Plymouth Sound

21 December 2016 Captain (X) David J Buck OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

4 February 2017 Sea Cadets from the Junior Section of the Falmouth & Penryn Sea Cadet Unit  visited the ship

18 February 2017 Sea Cadets from the Truro & Padstow Sea Cadet Unit  visited the ship

Mounts Bay at Falmouth

RFA Mounts Bay berthed at Falmouth

 

25 February 2017 Sea Cadets from the Senior Section of the Falmouth & Penryn Sea Cadet Unit  visited the ship

23 April 2017 Captain (X) Chris Clarke RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

6 May 2017 sailed Falmouth

10 May 2017 at Falmouth anchorage

11 May 2017 sailed from Falmouth anchorage

12 May 2017 berthed at Portland Harbour

25 May 2017 sailed Portland Harbour to Marchwood Military Port berthing the same day then sailing six hours later for Plymouth Sound arriving 26 May 2017

29 May 2017 sailed Plymouth Sound returning later the same day and mooring on Buoy D

30 May 2017 sailed Plymouth Sound

8 June 2017 sailed Plymouth Sound

9 June 2017 berthed at Falmouth

11 June 2017 sailed Falmouth

30 June 2017 took over as APT(N) from RFA WAVE KNIGHT (2) at Fort de France, Martinique

8 July 2017 anchored off Governor's Beach, Grand Cayman and landed vehicles, stores etc

Mounts Bay Grand Cayman 1

 

 

 

Ships of the same name

Mounts Bay. (ex Loch Kilbirnie) a frigate of the “Bay” class launched by Pickersgill on the 8 June 1945. She served in the Korean War and was awarded the Korean War 1950 - 53 Battle Honour. Transferred to the Portuguese Navy on the 9 May 1961 and renamed Vasco da Gama. Sold on the 21 December 1971 for scrap.

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