RFA Lyme Bay

RFA Lyme Bay

RFA Lyme Bay (L3007) is capable of delivering a significant fighting force anywhere in the world; troops together with all the necessary vehicles, stores and ammunition to form the ongoing waves of an amphibious assault.

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RFA Lyme Bay is recently took part in Exercise Griffin Strike.

She worked alongside the Fleet Flagship HMS Ocean, Assault Ship HMS Bulwark and the Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland as well as French Navy counterparts including the including the assault helicopter carrier FS Dixmude.

The aim of Ex Griffin Strike was to test the working partnership between the two countries and test the Ango-French Combined Joint Expeditionary Force”, or CJEF.

The exercise showed how UK and French maritime, land and air forces can be deployed rapidly together for a wide range of bilateral operations and, if called upon, work together as part of a NATO, EU or UN coalition operation.


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Royal Navy mine warfare experts tested to limit in three-week Gulf exercise

Royal Navy mine warfare experts tested to limit in three-week Gulf exercise


RFA Lyme Bay Latest News

Anglo-American mine warfare group join forces in the Gulf

Lyme Bay takes over as minehunters' 'mother ship' in Gulf

Lyme Bay takes over as minehunters' 'mother ship' in Gulf

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Current operation Maritime Security

British ships and units are committed to operations in the Mediterranean. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability as well as providing humanitarian assistance as required.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

Location Mediterranean

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Unit History

Ship floated2005

26 August, 2005

Ship Commissioned2007

RFA Lyme Bay was commissioned and entered service in 2007

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Commanding Officer Kim Watts

Rank: Captain

Captain Kim Watts joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1975, he is now in command of RFA Lyme Bay.

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