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A388 - RFA Fort George

A388 - RFA Fort George

RFA Fleet Replenishment vessel 23,600 displacement tons.
Photographed on 15th July 1993 inbound River Tyne.

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Trying to remember dates - I with two other Tyne pilots did the first Sea Trials of Fort George - wondered if this was the return from the trial.
If it was then this was the failed trial because the rudder had moved on the rudder post - so at midships indicated she was carrying 20 starboard - this happened during full speed stern running trials and we had to come back with the rudder stuck about 20 degrees to starboard. We put her straight back into Palmers Big Dock - possibly this was the second trial - Anyone good with dates.
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No she came as normal - if fact she was steering quite well - as long as the helmsman remembered the Midships was port 15 -- she had two rudders the port rudder was okay the starboard one was the one that had moved.
She had to be head up anyway as she went straight into the dock from sea.
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I could be wrong about the tonnage, but seem to recall at the time, I gleaned my 'technical' info from the RN Fleet brochure that could be had for free from any recruitment office.

The date this photo was taken was 15 July 1993, the Thursday before the Tall Ships Race from Newcastle on the 17th. There didn't appear to be any problems whatsoever.

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The spec for Fort George
taken from............http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.5854
Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment
Owner Ministry of defence
Port Of Registry London
Pennant Number A388
Builder Swan Hunter
Entered Service 1994
Lloyds Classification +100A1 DTsm Oil Cargoes; Ice Class1D (c.c.); +LMC; UMS; IGS +Lloyds RMC
Length 204 metres
Breadth 30.4 metres
Draught 9.75 metres
Displacement: 36580 tonnes
Propulsion 2 Crossley-Pielstick PC2 diesel engines
Designed Power 23,680hp per engine
Speed 18 knots (normal), 21 knots (max)
Flight Deck Two spot flight deck for Merlin, Sea King or Lynx
Flight Deck Letters F O
Armament 2 x 20mm GAMBO; 2 x Phalanx CIWS
Crew 95 Royal Fleet Auxiliary + 15 Royal Navy + 24 Defence Logistic Organisation personnel
Capacities DIESO (F76) 9840 m3 AVCAT (F44) 2451 m3
Lub Oil 136 m3 Fresh Water 380 m3
Stores Ammunition 2883 m3 Victualling 1360 m3
Naval 454 m3 Miscellaneous 1020 m3

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The plot thickens. 36580 tonnes is a lot more than I recall from her sister Fort Victoria where my predecessor Jerry Carew handed her over as "32,000 Tonnes of Ocean Going Splendour".
Any more offers?
 

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From the Defence Industries website it quotes "the displacement of Fort George as being 36580 tonnes" and that of "Fort Victoria as being 31565",
then in another publication quotes the displacement as being 32300 for both ships" . I know not what the official tonnage is and so I'll take your and Jerry Carews word for it. (Thumb)
 

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Either Shaun or maybe George as he's closer geographically to "the horses mouth" perhaps. (Thumb)
 

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