Galley refurbishment for RFA Cardigan Bay

During the summer of 2021, IDL were delighted to be awarded the galley refurbishment for the RFA Cardigan Bay. This would be our 3rd full RFA ship galley refit for A&P Falmouth Ltd in 2 years, having previously done the refits on RFA Mounts Bay & RFA Argus.

RFA Cardigan Bay’s role:

Her primary role is to get troops and equipment where they need to be, fast.

With a floodable dock at the stern, RFA Cardigan Bay can offload troops either using landing craft or from her large flight deck. The ship can also carry ‘mexeflotes’ – 120ft-long powered pontoons (rafts) that can be used to ferry equipment ashore.

Cardigan Bay’s large medical department is also a valuable asset. She can take on an enhanced medical team ready to become a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship, though this role is more typically carried out by RFA Argus.

Cardigan Bay has also acted as ‘mothership’ to minehunters – she’s a real asset to the fleet. Meanwhile, her sister-ship, Mounts Bay, saved thousands of lives supporting Operation Ruman.

Although some of the peripheral fabricated equipment in the galley were kept, IDL did remove and re-install all of these items as part of the project so as the galley flooring could be replaced.

IDL supplied and installed all the new catering equipment including:

MKN Flexi-Combi Ovens, MKN Fryers, MKN Bratt Pans, MKN Galley Ranges, & Boiling pans to the central cooking island as well as installing a huge central service spine to house the required services and provide local isolation of the cooking equipment.

We installed 3 deck baking ovens from Caterbake, 2 x Hobart Mixers, 1 x Metcalfe Slicer and 2 x Electrolux Hood Dishwashers and 1 x Electrolux Conveyor Rack Dishwasher including tabling etc,

All the refrigerated units, including Thaw, blast and refrigerated cabinets were replaced with Williams Refrigeration Products.

This project was completed on time and in budget ready for the vessel to go back to sea and into normal operations.

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