RFA's vital role
THE picture (Tuesday) showing HRH Prince Edward waving to HMS Argyll during the steam-past on Armed Forces Day is wrong, this is the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Mounts Bay.
The small speck in the back ground is HMS Argyll and I guess no one on-board her would be able to see HRH Prince Edward waving.
Being a serving member of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service and seeing that RFA Mounts Bay was my last posting (April 2012), I am disappointed.
The RFA carry out even more anti-piracy and counter drugs duties, than the Royal Navy. We never get any of the credit, without the RFA the Navy wouldn't go anywhere.
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We supply them with fuel for the ship and fuel for their helicopters, food, water, stores and maintenance. We also act as a floating airfield for them, seeing we didn't have any aircraft carries any-more.
We may only have 13 ships, but without these ships the Navy wouldn't be going anywhere.
Former RFA Deck Seaman