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Hot off the press, Captain Rob Dorey RFA has been named as the next COMRFA and ACOS AFSUP taking over from Commodore Bill on the 30th September. On behalf of the RFA Association I wish him congratulations and every sucess in his new appointment.
The picture shows Captain Rob on the bridge-wing of RFA Sir Galahad on her final voyage on under the RFA Ensign en route from Marchwood to Portsmouth on the 20th June 2006. The photograph was taken by Adrian Walker, son of the late Captain Walker. There is also a YouTube slideshow/video of that final voyage HERE again created by Adrian Walker.
Rupert Drew has provided this picture of the new Captain Rob in “laid back mode” at Waterlooville.
This is a copy of the COMRFA release on the new Commodore…
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW COMMODORE ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY AND ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF AFLOAT SUPPORT
It has been announced that the next Commodore of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Service will be Rob Dorey.
Captain Dorey, who joined the RFA in 1980, will take up the post as the professional head of the RFA in September when the current Commodore, Bill Walworth CBE, retires.
Speaking of his new appointment, Captain Dorey said; “it is an honour to be given the responsibility for taking the Royal Fleet Auxiliary forward as a World Class, Cost Effective, Maritime Operational Support Force.” “The challenge will be to match finances with expectations but the investment in the new Tide Class Tankers is a strong indication of the trust and value placed in the RFA and all that we do,” he added. As well as responsibility for the ships and people of the RFA, the role of Assistant Chief of Staff (Afloat Support) also encompasses that of Senior Responsible Owner for delivering the MARS Tanker and HRAS programmes. “Our sights are firmly set on the Royal Navy Future Force 2020, the RFA contribution towards it and our future ambitions, without taking the eye off operations today.” “With a team spirit embracing all those at sea and ashore, the RFA is well placed for success” Captain Dorey concluded.
Once promoted he will be the 19th Commodore RFA since the rank was adopted in 1951.