RFA Mounts Bay

RFA Mounts Bay

Mounts Bay is one of three Landing Ship Docks (Auxiliary) and was built by BAE (Naval Ships) at Govan on the River Clyde.

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Launched by Lady Band in April 2004, she was the first Bay class vessel, and following extensive sea trials was accepted into service in July 2006.

A formal service of dedication took place in September of that year to mark the Transfer of Operational Command to Fleet, with the ship honoured by the attendance of her sponsor Lady Sarah Band and her husband, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, former First Sea Lord.

The summer of 2007 saw RFA Mounts Bay receive the great privilege of the Honorary Freedom of her affiliated town, Falmouth and she continues to maintain close links with the Cornish region.

So far during operational Service, RFA Mounts Bay has already played a key role in many amphibious exercises, including operations off Sierra Leone, the Baltic Regions and also many more, closer to home, around the coast of the United Kingdom and Western Europe.

Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadets visit RFA Mounts Bay

Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadets visit RFA Mounts Bay


RFA Mounts Bay Latest News

Navy support ship completes marathon Mediterranean mission


RFA Mounts Bay resumes arms trafficking patrol

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Current operation Maintenance

Just like a regular service for your car, all ships go through maintenance to ensure best performance.
RFA vessels need periods of upkeep and maintenance to ensure that they are ready for any tasks asked of them.

  • Operation Sophia

    Operation Sophia is the EU naval operation against human smugglers and the movement of illegal arms in the Mediterranean. Ships will be able to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for human or illegal arms smuggling or trafficking on the high seas, in line with international law.

  • Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime)

Location Falmouth

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Unit History

Ship Launch2004

9 April, 2004

Ship Commissioned2006

15 September, 2006

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RFA Mounts Bay was the first Bay class to enter service