Naval support ship Fort Rosalie still going strong after three decades

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TWENTY nine years ago, Royal Fleet Auxiliary stores ship Fort Rosalie was dodging Argentine aircraft in the Falklands War.

Now almost three decades on she is still going strong.

She is currently supporting a major Royal Navy deployment to the Mediterranean and Middle East. Fort Rosalie is sailing as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group to respond to short notice tasking or unforeseen events. RFA Rosalie’s commanding officer, Captain Ross Ferris, said: ‘Not only can we provide a range of stores – everything from a missile to a mars bar – but with a flight deck and hangar, RFA Fort Rosalie is a truly versatile ship.’