First RFA tanker arrives in UK
The Royal Navy's first Tide class tanker has arrived in the UK for customisation at the A&P shipyard in Falmouth, Cornwall, the Ministry of Defence announced on 3 April.
The vessel is the first of four tankers on order for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. They are being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea under a contract signed in 2012.
The first vessel, RFA Tidespring, will now undergo a customisation period, and be fitted out with communications equipment, self-defence weapons and armour.
When the vessel enters service before the end of 2017, she will support Royal Navy operations around the world, including the Queen Elizabeth class carriers when they enter service.
The 39,000 tonne tanker can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,300 cubic metres of fresh water. The Tide Class has a flight deck able to accommodate the Chinook helicopter and offers significant improvements over previous RFA tankers such as double hulls and greater environmental protection measures.
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