Before I start writing to the Government to complain and ask them to provide an answer . . . can someone please try to explain to me the rational - if there is any?! . . . why such a new, efficient and flexible ship such as Fort George should be taken out of service, when both the older, more (manpower) demanding and single role Fort Rosalie and Fort Austin, are to continue in service ?! Note: Although both class of ship require a similar crew of 134/134 RFA/civilian stores staff, those on the older, more (manpower) demanding ships, ONLY provide a single role of supplying dry stores. Name . . . . . . . . . . . . In service . . Weight . . . . . . . . Crew FLEET SUPPORT STORES SHIP RFA (AFS) The role of these ships if to replenish RN warships with dry stores such as food, spare parts and ammunition while underway. Note: Dry stores capacity of 13,500 cubic meters. Fort Rosalie .. A385 . . . 1978 . . . . . . 23,384 tonnes . . ( 105 RFA plus Fort Austin . . A386 . . . 1979 . . . . . . 23,384 tonnes . . ( 30 civilian stores staff AUXILIARY OILER REPLENISHMENT RFA (AOR) These two ships combine the functions of fleet oilers and store ships . . . Note: Dry stores capacity of (only) 3,000 cubic meters - PLUS - POL capacity of 10,000 tonnes. Fort Victoria .. A387 . . . 1994 . . . . . . 34,000 tonnes . . ( 134 of which 95 RFA. Fort George . . A388 . . . 1994 . . . . . . 34,000 tonnes . . ( 90 RN air group (as required) I understand that the Fort Victoria and Fort George were the first two of a planned class of six. The class were . . planned to support deep ocean submarine hunting operations conducted by (a far more basic) Type 23 Frigate. . . . The Type 23 Frigate originally having been planned as an Anti-Submarine Frigate, being nothing more than a tug for the towed sonar - with not even any anti-air defence/strike capability - the mother-ships Fort Victoria and Fort George being intended to provide area-air-defence, having been designed to carry the same Sea wolf GWS26 system (subsequently) fitted to the Type 23 itself, when it metamorphosed into a General Purpose Frigate. Quotations from: SHIPS, AIRCRAFT AND MISSILES OF THE ROYAL NAVY & ROYAL MARINES Publication CP38 JANUARY 2004. Prepared by the Directorate of Naval Recruiting.