The Bay class is a ship class of four dock landing ships built for the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) during the 2000s. Since entering service, the Bay-class ships have been used for amphibious operations, training of foreign navies, counter-drug deployments, and relief operations. The presentation “Update on the BAY CLASS from a User’s Perspective” has been developed since 2016 and whilst it provides detailed focus on the LSD(A) itself, it includes a historic lead-in to amphibious warfare and it should therefore appeal to a wide-ranging audience.
About the Speaker
Branch Committee Member, Gary McKenzie, is a Chartered Engineer and IMarEST Fellow. He trained in the Merchant Navy, initially as an Engineering Cadet with Reardon Smith Line and then served as an Engineering Officer on both geared and gearless bulk carriers to PANAMAX class. Gary spent nearly 18 years in the Royal Naval Reserve, including 5 years as the Executive Office of HMS CAMBRIA. A member of the Navy’s Amphibious Warfare Specialisation, he has served in the ALBION Class LPDs, LPH OCEAN, the Type 22 frigate HMS CHATHAM and in the RFA BAY CLASS LSD(A) platforms. He has considerable experience of LSD(A) operations, which started in 2006 with MOUNTS BAY in the VELA Deployment and extends to the use of the platform by the RNLMC, where he was employed as a specialist adviser.
Attendance: Open to all IMarEST members, their guests, non-members and students