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RFA Mounts Bay lightens load ahead of maintenance work

Personnel at HM Naval Base unloaded heavy goods vehicles off the Royal Navy landing ship RFA Mounts Bay yesterday, before the vessel undergoes routine maintenance in Gibraltar.

Carrying out the maintenance work in Gibraltar saves the ship from having to return to the UK and means it will be ready for operations in the Mediterranean within four weeks.

The vehicles were loaded onto a floating pontoon known as ‘mexeflote’ and ferried ashore in three trips while the ship was anchored in the bay.

The RFA Mounts Bay was due to come alongside yesterday evening to unload 42 more vehicles, effectively emptying its cargo hold.

The RFA Mounts Bay was deployed to the Aegean Sea last January as part of the international response to the migrant crisis.

The ship is scheduled to undergo pre-planned routine maintenance work in Gibdock over the next month.