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RFA Fort Rosalie is the lead ship of her class of Royal Fleet Auxiliary fleet replenishment ships.
Fort Rosalie was originally named RFA Fort Grange, but was renamed in May 2000 to avoid
confusion with the now-decommissioned RFA Fort George, a change which was not universally
popular. February 2014, arrived at North Western Ship repairs, Birkenhead, for further refit. (Cammel Lairds).
Ordered: November 1971
Builder: Scott Lithgow
Laid down: 9 November 1973
Launched: 9 December 1976
Commissioned: 6 April 1978
Refit: 20 May 2008
Identification: Pennant number: A385
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class & type: Fort Rosalie-class replenishment ship
Displacement: 23,384 tons
Length: 185.1 m (607 ft 3 in)
Beam: 24 m (78 ft 9 in)
Draught: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
Speed: 22 knots (40.7 km/h)
Complement:
114 RFA
36 RNSTS
additional 45 RN Air Squadron personnel
Armament:
2 × 20 mm GAM-BO1
4 × 7.62 mm GPMGs
Service record
Commanders: Captain Ross Ferris, OBE, MVO
Operations:
Falklands War
Yugoslav wars
Afghanistan War.
 

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Just a small correction to the above wartsilasulzer;
North Western Shiprepairers is actually Cammell Lairds.
Fort Rosalie is still in the yard, presumably still under refit, she is part of the scenery here in Birkenhead.
regards,
Pat
 

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i recall large lumps of clinker spread across the flight deck every time the main engine was started from cold !
 

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Good evening Pat, thank you for the information I have added Cammel Lairds to the description. Steve I guess you like the Sulzer RND series then? The rotary exhaust valves on the RD series could be problamatic to put it politely.
 

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Yes, the RND was my favourite engine. On my first ship we had a 5 cylinder RD, and one night the linkage broke so only three exhaust valves were being driven and the other two stopped. Not a nice job fixing that, or overhauling exchanged valves.
 

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