ROYAL Naval vessels orchestrated manoeuvres in the dark during an unusual transfer at sea.
Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Fort Victoria met up with frigate HMS Richmond in the Gulf for a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) – but the ships chose to do it at night rather than during daylight hours.
Even in daylight RAS serials are challenging because of the close proximity of the ships during the refuelling and stores transfer.
Fort Victoria’s Navigating Officer, Second Officer Mark Bongartz, said: Although we are experts at replenishment at sea, undertaking the serial in darkness adds a new dimension to it. We have to be extra careful with the safety and the seamanship at night.”
As well as providing essential supplies to the Portsmouth-based Type 23, the RAS provided a great learning opportunity for RFA apprentice seafarers gaining experience with the ship’s Deck Department.
marktigger wrote:yes but are we looking at solid stores or a new AOR or 2 of both
SKB wrote:Is RFA Fort Victoria "safe" following the SDSR?
Engaging Strategy wrote:What does she cost to run?
marktigger wrote:she's just been refitted but breaks international convention for tankers being single skinned
shark bait wrote:2020 OSD, but I suppose another life extension is not out of the question for her, tight budgets and all.