The British Royal Navy’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Rosalie is extending its support to the ongoing fight against ISIS in the Middle East.
RFA Fort Rosalie has been assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in the Middle East as part of the initiative.
The CSG currently receives fuel from the US Navy’s replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe, while food, spare parts, mail and other supplies are set to be provided by RFA Fort Rosalie.
The Royal Navy support ship has delivered two pallet loads of supplies to USNS Guadalupe to date.
Helicopters have also been used to transfer supplies from the US Navy replenishment oiler’s flight deck over to the USS Bunker Hill cruiser during the same period.
RFA Fort Rosalie commanding officer captain Karl Woodfield said: “It was a very satisfying day for us as Fort Rosalie successfully completed simultaneous high-tempo transfers from both the replenishment at sea point and the flight deck.”
The vertical replenishment operation was conducted last month and saw crew members from the Royal Navy ship put into practice training received from the USNS Matthew Perry.
The replenishment involved the efficient transfer of 48 loads by USS Bunker Hill’s MH-60 Seahawk helicopter.
In addition, RFA Fort Rosalie deployed seven sailors to the military sealift and dry cargo vessel USNS Matthew Perry in order to enhance its crew’s knowledge of US vertical replenishment operations, which are regularly carried out by US Navy units.
The RFA Fort Rosalie team collaborated with the US Navy crew to jointly carry out a number of training activities, including load building and movement, and a steering gear breakdown drill.