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A&P selected to fit out RFA MARS tankers

29th January 2015 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A&P Group has been awarded a multi-million pound UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract to complete the fit-out of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new fleet of four tankers, the company said on 27 January.

The new Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers will maintain the navy’s ability to refuel at sea and will provide fuel to warships and task groups. The tankers will support deployed amphibious, land and air forces close to the shore and will have the ability to operate helicopters.

A&P will customise the vessels to MoD standards and will support the vessels as they go through their initial capability assessment trials.

The four tankers are planned to enter service from 2016 and A&P Group will provide through-life support to all four ships in service for a minimum of three years.

The Tide-class tankers are currently under construction in South Korea. Each of four new Tide-class tankers – RFA Tidespring, RFA Tiderace, RFA Tidesurge and RFA Tideforce – will be 201 metres long, with a beam of nearly 29 metres and displacing more than 37,000 tonnes. The first tanker, RFA Tidespring, is due to arrive in the UK in December 2015. She will be followed by her three sister ships at six-monthly intervals.

As a result of this contract, A&P Group will now be maintaining 13 navy vessels from its base in Falmouth.

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