On Wednesday 16 October 2013, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Landing Ship, RFA Lyme Bay joined Operation Atalanta, as part of the EU’s counter piracy Naval Force off Somalia.
RFA Lyme Bay is an amphibious operations support unit, whose primary role is to land troops, vehicles, equipment and stores from the sea to the shore, using landing craft or helicopter.
RFA Lyme Bay has the capacity to accommodate up to 350 personnel and a number of ground vehicles. As a front-line unit, she has a full array of self defence weapons for surface and air threats.
This is the first time that RFA Lyme Bay has taken part in the Operation Atalanta, but not her first time in the region, as she was deployed in Bahrain in support of the Royal Navy Mine sweepers for 3 years.