The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is a civilian manned unit delivering operational and logistical support worldwide for tasks undertaken by the Royal Navy. Some of these include warfighting, counter-piracy, disaster relief and counter-narcotic operations.
The RFA is a support force aiding the Royal Navy and allows them to conduct global maritime operations. As well as its primary role of supplying Royal Navy ships with fuel, ammunition and supplies, it also transports Army and Royal Marine personnel and supports training exercises.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary has aviation training ships and hospital ships in its fleet along with landing ships. RFA officers wear Merchant Navy rank insignia with naval uniforms but are under naval discipline when the vessel is engaged on any war-like operations.
The RFA was established in 1905 originally to provide coaling ships for the Navy. It wasn’t until the Second World War when the Royal Fleet Auxiliary really came into its own. The Royal Navy really depended on it as often their ships were staying at sea for longer periods of time and at greater distances.
In 2008 the RFA was presented with a Queen’s Colour which is unheard of for a civilian organisation.
Currently there are 9 ships in the RFA fleet and most of the vessels are replenishment ships. Wave Class tankers such as RFA Wave Knight and RFA Wave Ruler are a part of this class.
RFA Argus is a unique support ship in that she has been converted to a roll-on/roll-off container ship and is enrolled in helping on peacetime aviation training and support. Fort Victoria is also a replenishment ship, capable of refuelling whilst on the go.
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