The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is a civilian-manned Flotilla owned and operated by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), comprising of aviation training ships, tankers, stores, and repair ships all used to support the Royal Navy. The RFA Flotilla is managed by the Commodore RFA who is directly responsible to the Commander in Chief Fleet (CinC Fleet) for day to day operations.
...2005 celebrated the 100th year of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service....
The primary role of the RFA is to supply the Royal Navy (RN) at sea, with the food, fuel, ammunition and spares that are required to maintain operations away from its home ports. In addition, the RFA provides the Royal Navy with sea going aviation training platforms as well as secure logistical support and amphibious operations capability for the Royal Marines (RM) and the British Army.
The service employs around 2,300 UK registered Officers and Ratings. Royal Fleet Auxiliary
personnel have a certain amount of specialist training to meet the requirements of operating
with the RN, NATO, and other world navies.
For the past one hundred years the RFA has earned many battle honours. The Flotilla
deployed in support of British forces during the Second World War (1939-45), the Korean War
(1950-53),the Falklands War (1982) and both Gulf Wars (1990 and 2003).
The RFA's also formed part of the British contribution to operations in former Yugoslavia
and are often deployed in support of Britain's contribution to Nato and United Nations
peace-keeping operations around the world.
Most Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships carry, or are capable of carrying, Royal Navy helicopters and
the RN personnel required to operate and maintain them away from the UK.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary came into being on the 3rd of August 1905, before that all the RFA's ships started with H.M.S! Below is what was said in the signal that started the RFA.
3rd August 1905
"My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have decided that the title
"H.M.S.” shall in future be strictly confined to commissioned ships
flying the white ensign and shall never be applied to fleet
auxiliaries which are manned with mercantile crews…. My Lords are
pleased therefore to direct that auxiliaries which belong to the
Admiralty shall in future be styled "Royal Fleet Auxiliaries".."
Interested in a job in the RFA?
Then why not contact them at
the following address.
Tel: 0845 60 40 520 ( Centralised Number )02392 725923 ( Recruitment Office )
RFA Recruitment OfficeCaptain Naval Recruitment Headquarters,Room G-13, Building 1/080,Jago Road, HMNB Portsmouth,PORTSMOUTH, PO1 3LU
Recruitment information can be found on the Official RFA site, for the following professions:
Logistics and Supply Officers
System Engineering Officers
Catering assistant Ratings
A Recuitment Test Practice booklet is available at the Official RFA site.