RFA Largs Bay (L3006)

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RFA Largs Bay
Career RFA Ensign
Name: Largs Bay
Ordered: 19 December 2000
Builder: Swan Hunter, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear
Laid down: 1 October 2001
Launched: 18 July 2003
Commissioned: 17 December 2006
Identification: IMO number: 9240756
Status: in active service, as of 2023
General characteristics
Class and type: Bay class landing ship dock
Displacement: 16,160 t (15,905 long tons) full load
Length: 176.6 m (579 ft 5 in)
Beam: 26.4 m (86 ft 7 in)
Draught: 5.1 m (16 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Wartsila 8L26 engines
2 × Wartsila 12V26 engines
Speed: 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
Capacity: 356 troops; 1,200 Linear metres of vehicles (e.g. 32 Challenger 2 MBT's or 150 light trucks); 12 × 40 FEU or 24 × 20 TEU containers, 2 Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP) Mk.5 and 1 Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk 10; two Mexeflote powered rafts
Complement: 59
Armament: • 2 × 7.62mm Mk.44 Miniguns
• 6 × 7.62mm L7 GPMGs
Fitted to receive :
Phalanx CIWS
• 30 mm DS30B cannon [1]
Aircraft carried: Twin spot flight deck with limited facilities to transport and operate Merlin or Chinook helicopters, and V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft

RFA Largs Bay (L3006) is a Bay class landing ship dock[2] of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), built by Swan Hunter in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. She is named for Largs Bay in Ayrshire, Scotland.


In November 2006 Largs Bay underwent sea trials.

The Largs Bay was dedicated on 17 December 2006, the latest addition to the RFA. Largs Bay joined RFA Mounts Bay as the second Bay-class vessel in the fleet. Largs Bay, with HMS Albion and HMS Ark Royal, was involved in training exercises called "South West Scimitar" between 26 February and 8 March 2007. In late November 2007, Largs Bay left home waters for the Caribbean, the first time a Bay Class vessel has visited the area.

In late 2008 it was reported that the Largs Bay will replace HMS Northumberland for duties in the Falkland Islands. The Northumberland was to have left for the Islands in December 2008, but was instead sent for pirate patrol off Somalia.[3]

On 3 February 2010, she headed off to Haiti with a load of aid supplies, for 2010 Haiti earthquake relief efforts.[4]

On 18 February 2010, she arrived at Port-au-Prince and commenced unloading of the supplies.[5]

On 30 March 2010, she returned to home port after her Haiti mission.[6]


  1. Royal Navy website
  2. Royal Navy website
  3. UPI, "Britain withdraws warship from Falklands", 7 December 2008
  4. BBC News, "RFA Largs Bay leaves Southampton bound for Haiti", 3 February 2010 (accessed 5 February 2010)
  5. UKPA, "", 18 February 2010 (accessed 18 February 2010)
  6. The News (Portsmouth), "RFA Largs Bay returns home after earthquake aid mission", Ruth Scammell, 30 March 2010 (accessed 30 March 2010)