RFA Fort Rosalie finishes her Libya mission

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Ministry of Defence said:
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel Fort Rosalie has completed her tasking under Operation ELLAMY, the UK's contribution to international efforts to protect Libyan civilians from attack by the former Gaddafi regime.

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Purple_twiglet

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Within this is an excellent example of the very real limitations of the RFA, and hopefully helps bust wide open the myth that the RFA means that RN carriers can magically float about for years on end without land based support.
 
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Within this is an excellent example of the very real limitations of the RFA, and hopefully helps bust wide open the myth that the RFA means that RN carriers can magically float about for years on end without land based support.
However, 6,000 cubic metres of stores keeps the wolf from the door for a fair old time before a port visit (or relief by another RFA) becomes essential.
 
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However, 6,000 cubic metres of stores keeps the wolf from the door for a fair old time before a port visit (or relief by another RFA) becomes essential.
Depends what it is - 6,000 cubic metres of Boots, Desert, Size 9 wouldn't do much for my appetite - not for any wolf that happens to be at the door
 

Purple_twiglet

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Agreed - and as the article makes clear, that period of time is about a week. It also makes clear that the RN is dependent on land based support and port access in a local friendly nation to operate. Sounds dangerously close to the arguments against the RAF as they too are also dependent on the same thing...
 
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Agreed - and as the article makes clear, that period of time is about a week. It also makes clear that the RN is dependent on land based support and port access in a local friendly nation to operate. Sounds dangerously close to the arguments against the RAF as they too are also dependent on the same thing...
An RFA needs to restock every week? Not those I ever operated with around the world. Even a pusser's grey warship lasts longer than that on its own.
 

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