Portland Port to welcome navy ship after three year patrol

Portland Port to welcome navy ship after three year patrol

Published by George Sharpe at 6:34pm 13th March 2020. (Updated at 12:01am 14th March 2020)

The Royal Axillary Mounts Bay Navy ship has returned to the UK after three years on Atlantic Patrol Tasking North in support of the UK Overseas operations in the Caribbean.

It will be officially welcomed home on Monday 16th March by the Commodore Duncan Lamb RFA.

The ship arrived on station in June 2017, after three years of being deployed it will arrive back in Portland Port today.

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It was deployed in support of Overseas Territories (UKOT), Hurricane Aid Disaster Relief (HADR) and the Counter Narcotics (CN) operations.

RFS Mounts Bay is a Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock Auxiliary (LSDA of the Royal fleet Auxiliary.

The boat is names after Mount's Bay of Cornwall and she was the first of the Bay-Class to enter the Navy services in 2006.

At 176.6 metres long, with a beam of 24.6 metre, a draught of 5.8 metres, the weight of the ship including cargo, passengers and stores is nearly 16,000 tonnes and goes up to a speed of 18 knots.

When the ship is deployed the boat is used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the army. 

It provides training and support in the aftermath of recent hurricanes, Irma, Maria (2017) and Dorian (2019). 

The deployment was a combined effort of UK, US and French CN Operation. And in January this year, they recovered 1.4 tonnes of illegal narcotics amounting to nearly 40 million pounds.